Project Aims

American Indian communities have been plundered, displaced, and marginalized from the time of our nation's founding until today, and they experience some of the nation’s most stark health inequities. Dermatologic care has significant impact on quality of life, yet access to these health care services has not been well characterized for American Indian communities. The aims of this study are to assess access to dermatologic care for rural, American Indian populations using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The first aim is to assess the geographic distribution of dermatologists in and surrounding Indian Health Service (IHS) and tribally-run healthcare facilities across the continental U.S. The second aim is to assess the capacity for delivering dermatologic care to IHS and tribally-run sites through: (1) in-person specialty care and (2) teledermatology services.


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