A 50-Year Commitment to American Indian and Alaska Native Women

Alan G. Waxman, William H.J. Haffner, Jean Howe, Kathleen Wilder, Tony Ogburn, Neil Murphy, Eve Espey, J. Martin Tucker, Amanda Bruegl, Elaine Locke, Yvonne Malloy

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Abstract

Since 1970, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Women's Health has partnered with the Indian Health Service and health care facilities serving Native American women to improve quality of care in both rural and urban settings. Needs assessments have included formal surveys, expert panels, consensus conferences, and onsite program reviews. Improved care has been achieved through continuing professional education, recruitment of volunteer obstetrician-gynecologists, advocacy, and close collaboration at the local and national levels. The inclusive and multifaceted approach of this program should provide an effective model for collaborations between specialty societies and health care professionals providing primary care services that can reduce health disparities in underserved populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)739-744
Number of pages6
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Volume136
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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