US Indigenous Health Systems: Promises and Pitfalls
Free Public Lecture
B121 - Malaysian Theatre
Melbourne School of Design
The US government has treaty obligations for tribal health. In many ways, the system is failing its Indigenous peoples, but tribally led solutions are overcoming some of those systematic barriers.
In the 1950s the average age of death for a US native person was 56 years old. Native American tribes were dependent on the federal government and inadequate health systems combined with extraordinary poverty led to indigenous communities losing their elders in middle age. The last 50 years have been an era of growth in tribal sovereignty and self-determination, and this has given rise to many tribes taking over their health care delivery systems. Today we see a dichotomy in the health outcomes affecting tribal peoples between the innovation of tribes versus the continued failed system of the federal Indian Health Service.
Join Karen Diver as she discusses the promises and pitfalls of indigenous health systems.
Karen Diver, Inaugural Faculty Fellow, Inclusive Excellence for Native American Affairs
Inaugural Faculty Fellow, Inclusive Excellence for Native American Affairs
College of St Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota
Karen Diver is currently serving as the inaugural Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence for Native American Affairs at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. She was an appointee of President Obama as the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs. As part of the Domestic Policy Council, she assisted with interagency efforts, policy and regulatory changes to benefit 567 Native American Tribes. Karen served in this position from November 2015 until the end of the Administration. Karen served as Chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa from 2007 2015. This elected position serves as chair of the tribal government and CEO of the reservation’s corporate boards. The Fond du Lac Reservation is the 2nd largest employer in northern Minnesota with over 2,200 employees. She served as VicePresident of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT), comprised of six members Bands and chaired its Finance Corporation. She has a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and as a 2002 Bush Leadership Fellow, she received a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.