Our Mission

Who we are

We work in partnership with American Indian and Alaska Native communities to raise the health status, self-sufficiency, and health leadership of Native people to the highest possible level.

We empower tribal communities to take a leading role in designing public health programs to raise the health status, self-sufficiency, and health leadership of Native people around the world.

We are an independent center within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with satellite offices on tribal lands of the White Mountain, Navajo Nation, and Santo Domingo Pueblo, where our American Indian workforce serves their own communities. With 35 years of collaboration with southwestern tribes, our programming now reaches more than 50 tribal nations in over 15 states. These partnerships have achieved landmark public health breakthroughs credited with saving over 60 million children’s lives worldwide.

Our holistic approach to optimizing health and wellbeing across the lifespan targets:

To learn more, browse our programs and explore the impact we've had with tribal communities for over 30 years. 

All photos by Ed Cunicelli.