Jacque Gray, PhD

Phone: 701.777.0582
Email: jgray@medicine.nodak.edu

University of Minnesota

Publications - (2)

  • The Impact of Health Insurance Coverage on Native Elder Health: Implications for Addressing the Health Care Needs of Rural Native American Elders
    Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 10/2007
    Examines health insurance coverage and access to healthcare among American Indian and Alaska Native elders (Native elders) -- defined as 55 years or older. Young elders, 55 to 64 years of age, are most likely to be uninsured with one-third reporting having no insurance, while 15% of older elders, 65 years of age and over, report they are uninsured. Uninsured Native elders are about twice as likely as insured Native elders to indicate they have no regular provider. In addition, one out of 10 Native elders report they were not able to get care when they needed it during the preceding 12 months. Reasons cited for not getting healthcare when it was needed included long waiting times, transportation problems, and cost. The authors conclude it is essential to develop policies that address the financial, geographical, and cultural aspects that negatively impact access to culturally appropriate healthcare. Full report available on request by contacting the Center.
  • Suicide in North Dakota: A Dialogue Across State and Tribal Boundaries
    Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 10/2005
    Compared nationally, North Dakota ranks 13th in the nation for suicide (14.4 suicides per 1000,000 people). This policy brief looks at three broad areas in addressing this preventable tragedy: 1) an understanding of factors associated with suicide; 2) information about specific trends such as race, gender, location, and costs; 3) an awareness of suicide prevention strategies that address these factors through public policy and community action.