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The Ethics of Underfunding: Changing the Narrative about Native American Health Care | Mary Owen, MD
There is a general misconception that Native Americans receive free health care. This talk will dispel that notion and give a short history and current status of the Indian Health Care system. I will discuss the results of chronic underfunding of the Indian Health Service with a focus on the state and national impacts of COVID 19 on Native American populations.

Objectives:
- Understand the Trust Doctrine and United States government obligation to provide health care to Native Americans
- Understand the history and structure of the Indian Health Service
- Recognize the long-term effects of chronic underfunding on the Indian Health Service
- Recognize the impact of COVID 19 on Native American populations nationally and locally

This is an event of the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs (OACA) hosted by the Center for Bioethics and created in partnership by the following University of Minnesota units: the Medical School, the School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, and the Program in Health Disparities Research.

Oct 9, 2020 12:15 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Mary Owen, MD
Director of the Center of American Indian & Minority Health; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine & Behavioral Health @University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth
Dr. Owen is a member of the Tlingit nation. She graduated from the U of MN Medical School & North Memorial Family Practice Residency Program before returning home to work for her tribal community in Juneau, AK. After 11 years of full-scope family medicine, she returned to the U of MN Medical School, Duluth in 2014, as the Director of the Center of American Indian & Minority Health (CAIMH) where she develops & manages programs to increase the numbers of American Indian & Alaska Native (AIAN) students entering medical careers, does outreach to local & national Native leaders to ensure that CAIMH & the U of MN Medical School remain in tune with AIAN health care & education needs, develops an AIAN track for all students interested in providing healthcare to AIAN communities & develops research efforts to address AIAN health disparities. She also provides clinical care at the Center of American Indian Resources in Duluth & is the President of the Association of American Indian Physicians.