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Who We Are

The American Indian Health Research & Education Alliance is an alliance of organizations whose mission is to partner and collaborate with American Indian peoples, nations, communities, and organizations to improve the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of American Indians throughout the United States through quality participatory research and educational programs. The two primary organizations involved are the Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH) at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the Center for American Indian Studies (CAIS) at Johnson County Community College. <more>

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect."

- Chief Seattle, Duwamish (1780-1866)

Summer Internships


CAICH is accepting applications for the 2014 CAICH Summer Student Internship Program. The program is available to high school and college students.

Click here for Internship Information

What We Do

We use community-based participatory research (CBPR) in all of our studies. CBPR is a type of research that involves community members in all parts of the research process. Almost 80% of our team members are American Indians from many different Nations across the United States. We are among the largest Native research teams in the country. We also have three community advisory boards (CABs) comprised of American Indian representatives from the communities of Lawrence, the four tribes in Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas City, Wichita, and Topeka, who guide all of our activities.

We believe in the importance of education and want to increase the number of American Indians entering the health professions and conducting health research. Therefore, another of our goals is to establish an academic pipeline to improve the educational attainment of all American Indians. We have scholarships available to help. <more>

Recent News



CAICH is accepting applications for the 2014 CAICH Summer Student Internship Program. The program is available to high school and college students.Click here for Internship Information

Hot Off the Press...

Our Fall Newsletter- We discuss our hugely successful summer intern-ship program, share news of our partners, spotlight one of our students and one of our faculty members.<<more>>

Health Tips

Spiritual Health

Take time to learn your tribal language and songs through ceremony.<more>

Healthy Eating

Fruits & Vegetables: Eat the rainbow! Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple fruits & veggies should make-up half your plate. NutritionSource<more>

Cancer Prevention

After 1 year of quitting smoking, your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke has dropped to less than half that of a smoker.<more>

Highlighted Events

AIHREA O.N.E. Wellness Pow Wow

When: 5/2/14 | 6:00-10:00 p.m.

When: 5/3/14 | 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Where: JCCC Gymnasium

The American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance (AIHREA) will be hosting the Annual O.N.E. (Our Nations Energies) Health and Wellness Pow Wow the first weekend in May. There is no admission cost and the event is open to everyone. The event is held at Johnson County Community College in the gymnasium.

Free health screenings will include body mass index, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure... <more info>

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