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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    Spero Manson earns prestigious Fries Award for excellence in health education

    Apr 8, 2021
    Manson received the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award at the annual meeting of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). The $25,000 award goes annually to an educator who has made “a substantial contribution to advancing the field of health education or health promotion through research, program development, or program delivery.”
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    CAIANH Seeks Qualified Candidates

    Apr 4, 2021
    The Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health is seeking professional candidates to work in up to two patient navigation and motivational interviewing positions.
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  • Regina Richards receiving vaccine

    Fear, distrust overshadow vaccine decision for some hard-hit communities

    Jan 19, 2021
    Many ColoradoSPH faculty and leaders participated in a recent virtual town hall event that hosted a deep discussion on the skepticism of the COVID-19 vaccine in Black, Hispanic/Latinx and American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Although diverse communities bear the biggest burden of the pandemic, they grapple with fear and distrust.
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