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."
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>
2014 Summer Newsletter We feature this year's summer internship program, some healthy living recipes and AIHREA research results.<<more>>
Share something you know tribal culturally, with a child, friend, sibling.<more>
Lung cancer risk is 23 times higher among men and 13 times higher among women who smoke cigarettes. Over 200,000 US men and women were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007. <more>
The Community Research Forum and Pow Wow. Join community members in learning more about our research and take part in competitions. Your feedback on our research helps us to make improvements to our programs.
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