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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    AIANMHR calls for articles for a special issue

    Apr 22, 2021
    American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research is calling for article submissions for a special issue of the journal focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on AI/AN health research.
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  • Journal cover for Volume 28, Issue 1

    New issue of AIANMHR available

    Apr 11, 2021
    The Centers are proud to announce a new issue (Vol. 28, No. 1) of our journal, American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. This issue predominantly features articles concerned with American Indian and Alaska Native youth and young adults.
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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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