Current research suggests that Native Americans are all descended from one or a few small Siberian founder populations, so compared to other populations worldwide they have relatively low genetic diversity. But since colonizing the Americas, they have developed an extraordinary variety of cultures, languages and environmental adaptations. How did their different experiences of contact with European and African populations affect their population health outcomes today? Is it appropriate to treat all “Native Americans” as a single category for the purposes of health care? These are some of the questions I raised in this talk as part of the the Mizzou School of Health Professions Conversation Series.
(The video quality is messed up in places, but you’ll get some segments of what I talked about).