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Oklahoma Voices: Health Issues Among Native Americans (Aug 17, 2007)
Native Americans in Oklahoma and across the nation have higher rates of tuberculosis, diabetes, obesity, pneumonia, influenza, alcoholism, infant mortality and suicide than the general population. And more than one-third of American Indian adults are without health insurance. Earlier this month, doctors, scientists and tribal leaders gathered in Oklahoma City for a symposium on these issues sponsored by the University of Oklahomaís College of Public Health and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. While focusing on Native Americans, panelists stressed that these are not just native health problems, but issues affecting everybody.

We listen back to some of the speakers including the Chair of OMRFís Clinical Pharmacology Research Program Dr. Joan Merrill, OU College of Public Health Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Health Promotion Sciences J. Neil Henderson, OU Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Pediatrics Diabetes Program Dr. Kenneth Copeland, OU President David Boren and Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Michael Leavitt.

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