The Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH) provides various services (that are not research) to American Indian communities. Every year our staff members volunteer over 5,000 hours in the Native community at various events. Our service activities fall into the areas of cultural education, environmental health, health education, and preventive health.
As part of our outreach and service activities, we provide cultural education to a variety of different schools and organizations throughout Kansas and Missouri. Organizations are welcome to contact us if they are interested in cultural education and we will let them know our available topics and dates.
There are many factors that can impact our health for better or for worse. One aspect that affects our health is our environment. There are several types for environments, but CAICH's primary service project focuses on the home environment. We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors and on average the indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. CAICH offers home assessments though their healthy homes project GreeNation. GreeNation educates American Indian (AI) home owners and renters how different health outcomes can be caused by their home environment through assessments conducted at their home. GreeNation also offers group education sessions to the AI community, facility workers, and health care provides. These education sessions are aimed to improve the overall health of the AI community by taking the home environment into account.
CAICH provides health education services to individuals and groups. We distribute information via presentations or interactive demonstrations. Topics include environmental health, tobacco and public health, cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, healthy homes, and healthy lifestyles. You may also make a request on a specific health topic.
CAICH provides free health screenings as a service to our Native communities. We offer a variety of screenings, such as: blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c for diabetes management, diabetic foot exams, body mass index (BMI), hemoglobin and anemia risk assessment, cancer risk assessment, heart disease risk assessment, lung function test and vision testing.