AIHEC Health Initiative

Health is not just the absence of disease, it is harmony with oneself, including body, mind, and spirit, harmony with others, and harmony with one’s surroundings or environment.

AIHEC Health Initiatives are educational programs that work hand in hand with Tribal Colleges/Universities to nurture future healthcare professionals who will empower tribal nations to meet the health needs of their communities. AIHEC Health Initiatives support the engagement of TCU students and provide avenues of success in cultivating tribal ownership of the research process and strengthened Tribal communities through innovative health initiatives. Activities are driven by student first approaches weaving resiliency, culture, academic equity, and practices that respect Tribal sovereignty and nation building.


The Indian Health Service (IHS) launched the National Native Health Research Training Initiative (NNHRTI) in 2017 to promote Tribally driven research activity through educational and training opportunities that will build capacity and disseminate new and best practices for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health research.

The Aseto’ne Networking Project coordinates outreach, education, mentoring, and personal development services to the nation’s 37 Tribal College and Universities (TCUs).

Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching & Engagement
Our mission is to help Cooperative Extension generate a more visible, measurable, local impact.
We achieve this through our nationally funded programs made possible by member dollars and cooperative agreements with federal agencies, and other groups.

Health and Wellness Stories
The Tribal Colleges and Universities recognize the importance of Native communities seeking answers to their health-related concerns. They also value their role in developing researchers in health-related research disciplines to seek answers.