In this rapid response policy brief we provide an overview of the IHS, discuss tribally operated health services, and access to health services and insurance outside of tribal or IHS networks. Understanding how AI/AN populations obtain care is important to identify the health workforce that may serve the AI/AN community. We also describe the representation of AI/AN populations within the health care workforce. We highlight recommendations and strategies identified to strengthen the health workforce providing care for AI/AN populations based on the limited public information available on the IHS workforce and workforce-specific studies on AI/AN population needs.
Authors:Oster NV, Skillman SM, Frogner BK
Journal/Publisher:Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington
Documents:Rapid Response Brief
Citation:Oster NV, Skillman SM, Frogner BK. Health Workforce Issues in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Populations. Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Washington, Jul 2022.