Historically, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities have been disproportionately affected by many health issues such as heart disease, cancer, substance abuse and sudden infant death syndrome. As the largest biomedical research agency in the world, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is committed to honoring the health of Native communities by conducting initiatives that aim to advance research and expand the reach of health information relevant to them.
In this special NIH-wide collaborative issue of Honoring Health, you will find a sample of the health resources available from many of the NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices that can be used to promote healthier Native communities.
The Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) was created in recognition of the importance of ensuring meaningful input from and collaboration with Tribal Nations on NIH programs and policies. THRO functions include coordinating tribal health research-related activities across the NIH, organizing and supporting the NIH Tribal Advisory Committee, working with NIH Institutes and Centers to leverage resources or develop initiatives to support tribal health research and convening NIH-wide committees, workshops, meetings and other activities related to tribal health research and scientific priorities.
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