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The impact of skin disease on Navajo children and their families: identification and barriers to treatment of high impact dermatologic conditions

Community Leadership Category

high impact dermatologic conditions

It is well-established that dermatologic conditions can decrease life quality and increase the risk of suicide. American Indian/Alaskan Native children have both the worst access to medical care of any racial group and the highest rate of suicide in the US. We don't know what role, if any, skin disease plays in Native children's risk of suicide or where to target prevention efforts. This project will: 1) determine which skin conditions most negatively impact Navajo children and their families and 2) identify the geographic, cultural and economic barriers to effective diagnosis and management of these conditions.


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