August 1, 2013

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About the Trans-NIH AI/AN Work Group


Formed in 2005, the Work Group provides a forum for health education and communications staff from NIH Institutes and Centers to share strategies and effective communication approaches to develop and disseminate health information for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


Outreach to Community Health Representatives

In partnership with the Indian Health Service, the Work Group conducts outreach to 1,600 Community Health Representatives (CHRs) nationwide through a quarterly mailing of NIH health information. CHRs are Tribal employees who live and work in Native communities as lay health educators and patient liaisons. The purpose of the project is to increase awareness among CHRs about the availability of free or low-cost, science-based health information for patients and the general public.

Workshops for NIH employees

The Work Group sponsors annual workshops for NIH employees to raise awareness and understanding about issues related to health education and outreach to American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Topics from past workshops included partnering with community health representatives, cultural competency strategies, and Federal programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

NIH Representation

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Eye Institute (NEI), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), Office of the Director, Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OD/OCPL).

For more information contact
Mimi Lising, MPH, Co-Chair, Trans-NIH AI/AN Work Group
Multicultural Health Educator, Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institutes of Health
Phone: 301-496-8190