• Center For American Indian Community Health
  • at the University of Kansas
  • Medical Center

Mission Statement for CAICH

CAICH is a National Institute 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.


Ongoing research and service projects:

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  • Youth Ambassadors
  • Screening Clinics
  • Native 24/7 (Click here to visit website)
  • Cultural Education
  • Health Literacy Surveys
  • CAICH Scholars
  • Behavioral Surveys
  • Alzheimer's Disease Risk Plot
  • Obesity: Heart disease and diabetes both affect the AI community disproportionately. Both of these health conditions are related clearly to obesity and have been concerns of our Community Advisory Boards and partners for several years. We are beginning to address these large issues of concern and plan for significant involvement in them in the future.
  • Cancer: Cancer prevention and control has long been an interest of several faculty members involved in CAICH. Because of this, we have numerous projects in this area.
  • Healthy Homes Project: GreeNation Page
  • Smoking Cessation: ANBL.org