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Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)

Grantee Information

Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)
1225 Sovereign Row Suite 103
Oklahoma City, OK 73108-1854
405-946-7072 (Phone) Exit Disclaimer

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the health of American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) by "promoting education in the medical disciplines, honoring traditional healing principles and restoring the balance of mind, body, and spirit." One way in which AAIP achieves these goals is by facilitating educational programs, services and activities that recruit and encourage AI/AN students to pursue careers health professions and/ or biomedical research fields.

Grant Project Information

Advances in Indian Health Care
Length of Project: 9/1/12-8/31/15
Annual Funding Level: $150,000
Project Director: Margaret Knight
405-946-7072 (Phone)


Research has shown that American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) populations disproportionately experience high rates of mortality and morbidity. In addition, AI/ANs are strikingly underrepresented as professionals in health fields. The few who pursue careers within medical disciplines often encounter barriers to educational success, such as scholastic preparedness and discrimination. The purpose of the Advances in Indian Health Care project is to reduce AI/AN health disparities by enhancing cultural competency and diversity within the health care workforce. This long-term goal will be achieved by recruiting and supporting AI/AN students as they enter health-related professional programs (with an emphasis on the pipeline to medical school) and improving cultural/linguistic competency among existing health professionals.

The project will implement a number of strategies that focus on career development and cultural competency training opportunities for AI/AN physicians and students of all ages. For example, the project plans to conduct a 10-day National Native American Youth Initiative summer program (annually) in Washington, DC., for 25 AI/AN high school students to encourage AI/AN students to pursue careers in health. Additionally, this project will facilitate a two-day Cross Cultural Medicine Workshop (annually) to improve cultural/ linguistic competency and integration of AI/AN traditional healing for at least 150 AI/AN physicians and medical students in Santa Fe.

To effectively support and evaluate these efforts, a preliminary needs assessment (an online web survey) will be conducted in order to determine the unmet workforce development needs of AI/AN healthcare professionals. Findings from this assessment will be used to tailor topics of the learning sessions and healthcare professional trainings. Specific to program evaluation, end of workshop/training feedback forms will provide self-reported data pertaining to knowledge gained, overall impressions and suggestions for improvement. The grantee will primarily utilize process measures (e.g. number of workshop attendees, number of partner institutions and/or number of resources shared) to assess progress towards improved attitudes/beliefs related to meeting the needs of the AI/AN patients, as well as increased student applicant skills and acceptance into institutions of higher education to achieve health-related degrees.


  • Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
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