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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)

Spotlight: Educational Materials

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If you are interested in the various types of tests that we perform at our screening clinic, and various health problems that we test for, see our educational materials. Just click the header or image to see our Educational Handouts page.

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

Hot Off the Press...

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2013 Annual Report We remember our dear friend and co-worker, Lance Cully. We discuss ANBL, TCTABS, and NAWLM research results, as well as service results. Also featured are our Youth Ambassadors, Building Healthy Communities and Advisory Boards.<<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


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CRF Pow Wow


When: November 8, 2014 | 12-5 p.m.

Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds | Lawrence, KS

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.


For more information - contact Jason Hale: 913.945.7822

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