Who we are

The Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) was established in 1986 and is the largest, most comprehensive, and longest standing program of its kind in the country. Our mission is to promote the health and well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives, of all ages, by pursuing research, training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information dissemination within a biopsychosocial framework that recognizes the unique cultural contexts of this special population. CAIANH houses numerous projects funded by a wide range of private, state, and federal agencies, and partners with human service organizations in more than 200 urban, rural, and reservation communities.

What we do


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    Paid fellowship opportunity with ACCORDS

    Apr 11, 2022
    ACCORDS (Adult and Child Center for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, as well as affiliated institutions Kaiser Permanente of Colorado and Denver Health, is now accepting applications from postdoctoral candidates for their Primary Care Research Fellowship to start in July 2023.
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    Much of the cost of dementia care in aging Native American adults is due to hospitalizationOpens in a new window

    Mar 25, 2022
    Joan O'Connell, associate professor in the Department of Community & Behavioral Health discusses her research on the total treatment costs for American Indian and Alaska Native older adults with dementia. Finding nearly all the cost differences were associated with hospital admissions, O'Connell suggests much could be done to prevent these hospitalizations and improve quality of life.
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    AIANMHR publishes new issue of the journal

    Mar 6, 2022
    The Centers are proud to announce a new issue (Vol. 29, No. 1) of the journal, American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, featuring articles that consider topics such as culturally grounded programs for Native youth, the relationship between discrimination and depressive symptoms among AI adolescents, the role of social support and diabetes management, and the health impacts of Native-themed mascots.
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