Patterns of and Barriers to Utilization

Limited finances and lack of knowledge are dominant barriers to utilization of health care resources. In some cases a tribal doctor or a local healer may be the first provider consulted about symptoms or health concerns. If a health care worker from the Public Health Department is available, this provider may also be consulted.

Health Technology

Efforts towards using health technology to deliver health care and health information are being developed. For more information on health technology, go to Arctic Health Telemedicine.