Native Skin Health

Who we are

We are a group of University of Colorado researchers studying the impact of skin disease on Native communities.  This research is conducted in collaboration with the University of Colorado Centers for American Indian and Alaskan Native Health and the University of Colorado Department of Dermatology.


The goal of the study is to collect information from American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) about their skin and how their skin affects their lives. Researchers hope to use the information to better understand how AI/ANs and NHPIs can have better skin health.

Current research projects

Daxpé: Native Skin Health Survey

Daxpé is the Crow Indian word for skin. This survey asks AI/ANs, NHPIs, and people of other racial and ethnic identities about their skin health, access to skin healthcare, and how their skin affects their lives. We are currently wrapping up this study.

Expanding Acne Care for American Indians

This pilot program teaches primary care providers how to treat acne with a medication called isotretinoin that is typically managed by dermatologists. This project is being conducted in collaboration with Gallup Indian Medical Center. This study is funded by the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and the Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance. This study has been approved by the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board and Navajo Nation Human Research Review Board.

Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building

13055 East 17th Avenue

Mail Stop F800

Aurora, CO 80045

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