Author

Evan Teske

Class Year

2014

Access Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

American Culture Program

First Advisor

Molly McGlennen

Second Advisor

Robert McAulay

Abstract

Telehealth, with its focus of addressing healthcare at a distance and being cost efficient, has been suggested to be a good fit in Native American communities. However, very little study has been done bridging the two; even less has been done attempting to analyze the unique ways telehealth can be utilized. In what way is telehealth shaped or adapted by cultural factors? This work not only exhibits the ways Native peoples’ distinctive historical and political relationships to the U.S. Federal Government influence their health care, but also the unique cultural worldviews that seem to encompass their health practices. In this way, culture and health are examined in a variety of scopes to reveal that conceptions of healthcare can ultimately be altered.

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