Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders among Native Americans
This resource answers questions related to Native Americans, a population with high rates of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, in regards to the work of FASD (FASD Center for Excellence).
Native American cultures, which encompass American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tribes, are rich with history, tradition, spirituality, and art. There are 562 Federally recognized tribes across the United States, each with its own distinctive identity. However,one thing many tribes share is alcohol problems and other health disparities.
Native American populations experience significant health issues compared with the general population. They have higher death rates from alcoholism, tuberculosis, diabetes,accidents, suicide, homicide, and other causes. Their life expectancy is 6 years lower than the U.S. average. (Authors)
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