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Center for American Indian Community Health

The Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH) began in 2010 as a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities funded Exploratory Center of Excellence. Our mission is to improve the physical, mental, spiritual, and cultural health of American Indian communities and individuals throughout Kansas, the region, and the nation through collaborative research, education, and service.  Our vision is health equity and equality for all American Indians.

CAICH serves multiple purposes for both KUMC and the American Indian communities we serve.  First and foremost, we strive to bring together researchers and American Indian communities for the purpose of conducting quality community-based participatory research to reduce health disparities.  Community-based participatory research is mandated by the majority of American Indian communities for anyone wishing to conduct research with them.  We provide significant assistance to researchers who do not have the experience or connections in the community that we have.  Second, we enhance the image of KUMC in American Indian communities locally, regionally, and nationally through culturally appropriate programs and provision of services.  Third, we increase the number of American Indians entering the health professions and health research careers through educational pipelining activities.  Fourth, we provide services to American Indian communities locally, regionally, and nationally to improve health, health literacy, and educational attainment.




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  • Fall Gathering - Saturday Nov. 19

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Last modified: Oct 17, 2016
Contact Us

CAICH logoMailing Address:
Mailstop 1030
3901 Rainbow Blvd. 
Kansas City, KS  66160
Physical Address:
4125 Rainbow Blvd.
(second floor) 
Kansas City, KS 66160
Main phone: 913-588-0866
Toll-free: 855-55CAICH or 855-552-2424
Fax: 855-315-0055