Programs and Resources for Native Americans with Disabilities

American Indian and Alaska Native Programs (AIANP)


University of Colorado at Denver       


Format             Research and information dissemination program   


The mission of AIANP is to promote the health and well-being of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people by pursuing research, training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information dissemination.  Programs include The Center for Native American Telehealth and Tele-education (CNATT), which uses telecommunication to address health-related needs of AI/AN communities; The Center on Native Elder Health Disparities (CNEHD), which focuses on Diabetes Care, Immunization, and Smoking Cessation; The Circles of Care initiative, which provides funding to plan and assess the feasibility of implementing a culturally appropriate mental health service model for AI/AN children with serious emotional/behavioral disturbances and their families; Project EXPORT, which plans and implements research on the health status and functioning of AI/AN people; The American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Research Center (AIANHSRC), that develops national research on AI/AN Head Start and provides training to new AI/AN researchers; The National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research (NCAIANMHR), which conducts research in the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of mental illness; Native Elder Research Center (NERC)/Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), which focuses on AI/AN elder health by training AI/AN PhDs and MDs to conduct research; and The Special Diabetes Program for Indians Competitive Grant Program Coordinating Center, which funds two demonstration projects conducted at various sites across the U.S.

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Fax: 303-724-1474

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American Indian and Alaska Native Programs
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Department of Psychiatry
Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building
P.O. Box 6508, Mail Stop F800
Aurora, CO  80045-0508

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American Indian and Alaska Native Programs
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
13055 E. 17th Ave.
Aurora, CO  80010-7238       



The Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC)


The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center


Format           Training Center           


NARTC serves as a national resource for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities and for people working with AI/AN people, especially those with chronic diseases or disabilities. The overall mission of NARTC is to conduct health related research and training projects that will help improve the quality of life for AI/AN people and promote active participation and partnership with AI/AN communities in all NARTC research and training programs.


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Native American Research & Training Center

1642 East Helen

Tucson, AZ  85719

(520) 621-5075

(520) 621-9802 (FAX)


“Native American Students Receive Fellowships to Fight Against Diabetes, Substance Abuse and Beyond,” April 21, 2006 by Vicki B. Gaubeca and Sandy Yang

The University of Arizona


Format           News release            


This news release discusses the work of four American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in the Master of Public Health Program in The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health who have received a fellowship that aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority health professionals in the areas of substance abuse and diabetes among Hispanics and AI/AN people.  The students, Kathryn Eagle, MD, Raysenia James, Adeline Tsosie and Angie Farnsworth were chosen to take part in the Center for Health Equality/Project EXPORT Fellowship Training Program, which will give these fellows a chance to participate in prevention and intervention programs in two communities, Southside Tucson and Hard Rock on the Navajo Nation in northeast Arizona. The fellowship will further the students’ goals to help AI/AN people and other groups with health issues.


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Athena Ganchorre


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University of Arizona

Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
1295 N. Martin
P.O. Box 245163
Tucson, Arizona 85724

(520) 318-7270, Ext. 15



Understanding Disabilities in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Toolkit Guide, August 1, 2003


National Council on Disability


Format           publication


This publication includes statistics on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people with disabilities, as well as information on: health care for with disabilities, Medicaid, Sports & Recreation, Education, Special Education Programs, Independent Living, Native American Independent Living Services (NAILS), Native American Advocacy Project (NAAP), Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Resources, Assistive Technology, Housing and Facilities, Transportation, and Advocating Change.


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National Council on Disability  

1331 F Street, NW, Suite 850

Washington, DC 20004

202-272-2004 (Voice)