Formed in 2005, the NIH AI/AN Health Communications and Information Work Group provides a forum for health education and communications staff from National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes, Centers, and Offices to share strategies and effective communication approaches to develop and disseminate health information to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


Honoring Health: Resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives is an e-newsletter that features different health topics and highlights resources, events, training, and grants and funding opportunities. It is produced by the National Institutes of Health in collaboration with the Indian Health Service, and the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging. Subscribe to receive the newsletter.

New Health Newsletter for Native Americans Launched (NIH Record, November 20, 2015)


Dr. Deana Around Him is a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH Clinical Center. In this video she discusses her work on maternal and child health in American Indian communities.

Past Workshops and Presentations

The AI/AN work group.
Sheila Cooper (center), Senior Advisor for Tribal Affairs, at SAMHSA's Office
of Tribal Affairs and Policy, presented, "SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Work: For
and With Indian Country," to the Trans-NIH AI/AN Health Communications and
Information Work Group on November 5, 2015.

Healing Our Community through Narrative: The Power of Storytelling

  • November 12, 2014 “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas”
    Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, National Museum of the American Indian
  • April 3, 2014
    Dr. Dawn Satterfield, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Dr. Lawrence Agodoa, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • November 14, 2013
    Dr. Ted Mala, Director of Tribal Relations, Southcentral Foundation
    Brenda Manuelito and Carmella Rodriguez, nDigidreams, LLC
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  • Article

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Last Updated: December 2019