CAICH is a National Institue on Minority Health and Health Disparities funded Center of Excellence to work toward health equity and equality in the American Indian/Alaska Native community in the Heartland.
Using community-based participatory research (CBPR), all efforts to reach health equity among American Indians/Alaska Natives begin within the communities we serve by forming a Community Advisory board (CAB) who sets the course for what health issues are most important for the Center to address.
We work daily to develop and implement programs to close health disparities in rates of cancer, diabetes, cigarette smoking, and other important health issues. In the process, we are carful to honor and respect the unique cultural framework that is so important to a healthy lifestyle.
We believe prevention is a key aspect of tackling health disparities and preventive efforts must begin with youth, particularly to create behavior change and healthy lifestyles. As such, outreach to youth is a key component of American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance. Each ambassador will serve for one year and will be paid for his/her efforts.
Keep in contact with your elders and LISTEN when they speak.
Elevated blood lead levels continue to be an important problem in the U.S. with nearly 1 million children having higher than normal blood lead levels.
In 2013, The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States, 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women will be diagnosed. Lower your risk by controlling weight, not smoking and limiting alcohol use.
We are grateful to our collaborators for making CAICH possible:
American Indian Health Research and Education Alliancewww.aihrea.org
Center for American Indian Studies