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Health information specific to American Indian and Alaska Native people

Research that Benefits Native People: A Guide for Tribal Leaders curriculum

The National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center

The curriculum was developed in response to requests from tribal leaders who wanted resources to make better decisions about the proposed research in their communities and was launched in September 2009 following pilot use in several tribal communities. The five modules of this research curriculum have been field tested and are being used with tribal communities at their request and as funding is available. It emphasizes the validity of Indigenous knowledge while highlighting the benefits of western research methods when used in an ethical and community-informed manner.

Our Stories
American Indians and Alaska Native people share their personal health experiences

Our Mother Tongues

Native language program using images, sound and video.

For Researchers, Health Professionals, and Educators
Tools for American Indian and Alaska Native people health

Best practices, promising practices, and local efforts

Indian Health Servic, DHHS

The Indian Health Service (IHS) Best Practices, Promising Practices, and Local Efforts (BP/PP/LE) website contains a collection of prevention/intervention strategies that works to improve the health of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations.

Community Based Participatory Research with Indigenous People

Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta

Role models and leaders in Indigenous health research in Canada and the United States share their stories of work with First Nations and American Indian colleagues in community based research. Acknowledging the impact of history and resiliency while capturing the passion of emerging leaders in Indigenous health research, the videos provide a starting point for discussion on the roles and responsibilities of community and university partners in collaborative and community-based research. Created in 2008. 

Conducting Homeless Counts on Native American Lands: A Toolkit

Housing Assistance Council

This flexible toolkit highlights steps, tools, and methods that can be used to complete an accurate homeless count on AIANHH lands.  The toolkit is based upon past research as well as interviews with key stakeholders in the field.  Two case studies are included to provide in-depth pictures of how two tribal communities, the Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Minnesota and the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa in North Dakota, approached a housing and homeless needs assessment on their reservations.  (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Gaps and strategies for improving American Indian/Alaska Native/Native American Data (PDF, 439 KB)

This report is based on the findings from a study funded in 2005 by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), entitled Data on Health and Well-being of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and other Native Americans (AI/AN/NA).

IHS Primary Care Provider Newsletter

Indian Health Services

The IHS Primary Care Provider is a monthly publication of the Indian Health Service Clinical Support Center distributed to more than 8000 health care providers working for IHS, tribal, and urban Indian health programs; to medical, pharmacy, and nursing schools; and to other health professionals working with or interested in American Indian and Alaska Native health care.

Native Health Databases

University of New Mexico

The Native Health Database contains bibliographic information and abstracts of health-related articles, reports, surveys, and other resource documents pertaining to the health and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations. The database provides information for the benefit, use, and education of organizations and individuals with an interest in health-related issues, programs, and initiatives regarding North American indigenous peoples.

Trails and Traps: The Path to Research in Indian Country (PDF, 2 MB)

University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health

Overview of the treatment of Native Americans specifically related to the history of disease.

Tribally-Driven Participatory Research: State of the practice and potential strategies for the future

Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice

This paper discusses the current practice of research with and by American Indian tribal governments in the United States.  The paper analyzes current challenges and offers concepts for continuing to improve the effectiveness of Tribally-Driven Participatory Research. Published 2009. (PDF, 243 KB)

Walk Softly and Listen Carefully

National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center

Increasingly, tribal leaders acknowledge that research is a key tool of tribal sovereignty in providing data and information to guide community planning, cross-community coordination, and program and policy development. Efforts to address longstanding issues, such as health disparities for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), have increasingly used partnership research approaches. This document seeks to strengthen these partnerships by providing insight about how culture, sovereignty, and experience matter in research with Native communities. This publication was produced with insights from those involved with tribal research in Montana and elsewhere.  It was developed collaboratively by the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center and Montana State University's Center for Native Health Partnerships.  (PDF, 3 MB)