The goal of the Mass General Brigham Outreach Program is to support health care access, equity, and availability to local and national American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Through commitment to provider specialty care training and education, community outreach, and working alongside community partners, Mass General Brigham Outreach Program focuses on understanding and addressing the unique health care challenges and needs of these AI/AN communities.
Native American communities have substantial health disparities compared to the general U.S. population. Social determinants of health (SDOH) contribute significantly to these disparities. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the SDOH are the nonmedical factors that influence health outcomes. They are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies, racism, climate change, and political systems.