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



NCRE Scholars Program call for applications

The Native Children's Research Exchange Scholars Program provides career development support to early career investigators and late-stage graduate students interested in pursuing research on substance use and disorder and Native child and adolescent development. We are accepting applications for the 2020-2021 cohort. 

The deadline to submit an application is August 15, 2020 at 5pm MDT.

Latest journal issue

In the new issue, authors explore an interesting range of topics related to AI/AN health across the lifespan, including:

  • An evaluation of an after-school prevention program for AI youth, with a focus on the importance of partner-researcher collaboration
  • An evaluation of community awareness of an underage drinking prevention campaign on rural California Indian reservations
  • An assessment of the risk and protective factors that influence AI/AN youth graduation expectations
  • Interviews with AI/AN people who inject drugs to better understand barriers and challenges to seeking care
  • The validation of the Cultural Connectedness Scale--California and measuring culture as a social determinant of mental health