Indigenous Health Resources

The following resources were compiled to support health centers as they provide quality health care to Indigenous Peoples. The organizations featured provide up-to-date reports and information, health equity information, mental health services, health care provider training, and much more. If you utilize any resources beneficial for supporting Indigenous People that are not included on this page, please feel free to share those by contacting the CHAMPS Programs Coordinator, Population Health.

Please visit the CHAMPS Special Populations Overview webpage for more information on vulnerable populations. For general resources on serving culturally diverse populations, please visit the CHAMPS Cultural Competency webpage.

Please click or scroll down for:
Fact Sheets, Reports, and Statistics
Health Care Provider Resources
Education and Training
General Resources
Special Topics for Indigenous People

FACT SHEETS, REPORTS, AND STATISTICS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Data including tobacco use, birth/mortality, and health insurance coverage from the National Center for Health Statistics with associated reports and research.
Health of American Indian or Alaska Native Population (February 2022)

Georgetown University Center for Children and Families
This report presents key findings on the performance of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the context of the accessibility to culturally competent care and health insurance for American Indian and Alaskan Native children.
Promoting Health Coverage of American Indian and Alaska Native Children (September 2019)

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 
This report investigates the role of Indigenous Health Indicators (IHI) as a method for evaluating Indigenous community health and understanding community concerns.
Developing Responsive Indicators of Indigenous Community Health (September 2016)

Office of Minority Health 
US Department of Health and Human Services report of American Indian/Alaska Native population profile including language fluency, insurance coverage, economics, education, and health concerns.
Population Profile: American Indian/Alaska Native (January 2022)

HEALTH CARE PROVIDER RESOURCES

American Psychiatric Association (APA)
Webinars, guides, and practices for providers working with Indigenous/Native American Patients.
Working With Indigenous/Native American Patients

Indian Health Service (IHS) 
Resources for providers with a focus on blending traditional practices with the modern medical model, including an emphasis on public health and community outreach activities.
Indian Health Service for Providers

Indigenous Primary Health Care Council (IPHCC)
Toolkits, reports, training, and resources for Indigenous primary health care services and Indigenous-informed research.
Indigenous Primary Health Care Council Resource

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NWPAIHB)
A downloadable toolkit that aims to provide resources for American Indian/Alaska Native transgender and Two Spirit youth, their relatives, and their healthcare providers.
Celebrating Our Magic: Resources for American Indians/Alaska Native Transgender and Two-Spirit Youth, Their Relatives and Families, and Their Healthcare Providers

Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB)
The Indigenous Knowledge Informed Systems of Care Model aims to expand advocacy, data research, workforce development, and health and human services.
Healthcare Informed by Indigenous Knowledge

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
A behavioral health guide highlighting the importance of providers’ cultural awareness, cultural competence, and culture-specific knowledge to better serve Indigenous patients.
Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Tribal Epidemiology Centers
Tribal Epidemiology Centers provide disease surveillance and assist Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian communities to promote public health.
Tribal Epidemiology Centers Homepage

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board
Provides key advocacy information and up-to-date health training and resources regarding areas of research, education, assistance, prevention, and outreach.
Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board Homepage

Indian Health and Human Services
Video series of compliance trainings for health and human service programs including topics on emergency preparedness, combating opioid addiction, and patient protection.
Quality of Care Trainings

SwiftBird Consulting
Recorded webinar on Serving Indigenous People with a focus on Health Equity. This webinar is for CHAMPS Members Only. Please contact the CHAMPS Programs Coordinator, Population Health if you are a Region VIII health center in need of log-in information.
Applying the Health Equity Lens: Serving Indigenous People webinar

We R Native
A multimedia health resource for Native teens and young adults.
We R Native Homepage

GENERAL RESOURCES 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 
Resources to learn about health coverage options for American Indian populations.
Health Coverage for American Indians & Alaska Natives

National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
Tribal government, legislative, public health, behavioral health, and COVID-19 based resources for Indigenous Peoples within the United States.
National Indian Health Board

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC)
An organization that provides national leadership to protect Indigenous women through trainings, resources for Tribes and advocates, and policy and advocacy.
National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB)
Health news, conferences, policy, research projects, and more related to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Indian Leadership for Indian Health 

Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI)
Research, COVID-19, and community grants by Indigenous People for Urban Indigenous community health.
Urban Indian Health

SPECIAL TOPICS FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

HEALTH EQUITY
For a basic introduction to health equity and health disparities and to access tools, articles, and guides on implementing health equity initiatives, please visit the CHAMPS Health Equity Resources webpage.

American Bar Association (ABA)
An article addressing the health equity crisis facing Native Americans related to underfunding, lack of medical personnel, and changes in federal programming.
Native Americans: A Crisis in Health Equity

National Women, Infants, and Children Association (NWA)
Resources for promoting health equity for Native lives with topics such as COVID-19, nutrition, substance abuse, child care, and cultural programming and support.
WIC & Health Resources for Native Peoples 

National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA)
Needs assessment surveys, projects, and services for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.
National Resource Center on Native American Aging

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
An article investigating the teaching of Indigenous health equity in medical education institutions.
Educating for Indigenous Health Equity: An International Consensus Statement

MENTAL HEALTH
For a basic introduction to providing quality, integrated behavioral health care in the primary care setting, please visit the CHAMPS Behavioral Health Resources webpage.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Guide of mental health and wellness services for Indigenous people and information on how to utilize these services.
Child and Youth Mental Health

Indigenous Story Studio
Videos and media content targeted towards Indigenous youth on health and social issues promoting health, literacy, and wellness.
Indigenous Story Studio Homepage

Massachusetts General Hospital
Mental health guide for BIPOC people coping with race-related stressors with resources and practical strategies.
Mental Health for BIPOC

Mental Health America (MHA)
Overview of mental health statistics within Native populations and resources for the issues addressed.
Native and Indigenous Communities and Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
An article outlining the factors of mental illness in Native communities, community barriers to mental healthcare, and resources targeted for Indigenous mental health services.
Indigenous Identity and Cultural Dimensions

National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
Through support and partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIHB has designed a tool for Tribal health systems interested in increasing population-based breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings.
Health Systems Improvement Toolkit: A Guide to Cancer Screenings in Indian Country

One Sky Center
American Indian Resource Center for Health, Education, and Research with a mission to improve the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders and services among Native people.
One Sky Center Homepage

StrongHearts Native Helpline
A confidential and anonymous domestic violence and dating helpline providing culturally-appropriate support for Native Americans.
StrongHearts Native Helpline Homepage

Suicide Prevention Resource Center/Zero Suicide Institute
This toolkit provides culturally sensitive recommendations on how the Zero Suicide framework can be used in Indigenous-serving systems that are Tribally or IHS owned and managed.
Best and Promising Practices for the Implementation of Zero Suicide in Indian Country

CHAMPS is located on the ancestral land of the Araphao, Cheyenne, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, people in Denver, Colorado. As we persist in our mission, we humbly offer gratitude and respect to the elders, past and present citizens of these tribes, and to all indigenous peoples that are historically and contemporarily tied to the lands that make up Denver and Colorado.