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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    Online certificate program is one of three in the nation focused on American Indian/Alaska Native health

    Sep 5, 2023
    Jerreed Ivanich is leading an effort to center public health education on communities that are often overlooked. He directs the Certificate in American Indian & Alaska Native Health program, an online offering that is directed toward helping students develop the skills necessary to meet the most important healthcare challenges for Native people.
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    New issue of AIANMHR available!

    Jul 31, 2023
    Please read our latest issue of American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, journal of the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health.
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    Funding opportunity available through CAIANDTR

    Jun 27, 2023
    The Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Diabetes Translation Research (CAIANDTR) seeks to translate research of proven efficacy into clinical and community settings, with the goal of improving prevention and treatment of diabetes in Native populations. The CAIANDTR Pilot & Feasibility Program is pleased to announce the availability of funding to support research consistent with this mission.
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