Who Benefits from PATHSTAR Programs?
Pine Ridge Reservation
PATHSTAR is committed to helping restore health and community, especially among the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Living in the poorest county in the United States, Pine Ridge residents have a high unemployment rate (85%), a high school dropout rate (60%), and one of the highest suicide rates in the country. Obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease run rampant. Life expectancy is about 20 years below national average. PATHSTAR’s experiential programs will spread information throughout the community and develop mentors who encourage healthy diet and lifestyle practices.