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The Center is one of the nation's few sources of comprehensive health data on American Indians and Alaska (AIAN) Natives. 

The Center-conducted California Health Interview Survey regularly collects AIAN data on a broad range of health topics and disseminates this data through free, downloadable data filespublications, and through AskCHIS, the Center's easy-to-use online health statistics lookup tool.

American Indian Research

American Indians* face unique health challenges, from having the highest rates of asthma, diabetes and heart disease among any ethnic group to experiencing persistent barriers to health care and insurance. American Indian peoples also suffer from a scarcity of resources and data on a broad range of health topics, from obesity to cancer survival to suicide and mental health issues.

The American Indian Research Program (AIRP), based at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, was among the first health policy research programs in the nation to address these issues. Established in 1998, the program draws upon Center expertise and partnership with other researchers and community groups. It also draws upon its location — California, the state with the largest American Indian population in the nation. That proximity allows program staff to work directly to improve the health of American Indian populations through native-grounded research and evaluation, as well as through analysis of California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data collected among American Indian populations.

*American Indian refers to American Indian and Alaska Native people.

Learn about the Center's research on American Indian elders, youth, urban populations and more.

Center staff can provide broad monitoring and evaluation expertise on a range of health topics. Learn how to partner with us or read about the Center's work evaluating native-focused mental health services, HIV prevention programs, capacity building/empowerment evaluation activities and more.

Training and Technical Assistance
The American Indian Research Program provides ongoing technical assistance and offers customized training to tribes and urban Indian organizations on subjects ranging from research methodology and program development to use of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS).

Reports, Policy Briefs, Fact Sheets and more.

AIRP Program Summary
A quick introduction to native health issues.

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