The Black Hills Center for American Indian Health (BHCAIH) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit research organization established in 1998, that serves AI/AN Tribes of the Great Plains, Southwest and Alaska. BHCAIH was incorporated in South Dakota for the purpose of conducting activities that will lead to the enhanced physical, mental, spiritual, and cultural health of American Indians and American Indian communities.
We work with our American Indian tribes, Tribal Healthcare systems and Tribal communities so that our American Indian people will receive the utmost health and wellness through lasting partnerships with health organizations. Our work is completed to enhance their capacity for all phases of health care delivery, including the conduct of health research. This work occurs through training built into each of our grants and the distribution of research results, as well as more formal types of consultation.
This is a vital element of our work as American Indian tribes assume control and governance of their health care systems. These efforts enhance the tribes ability to conduct their own research or unique planning activities that advance or build upon BHCAIH goals.
The Center’s vision statement is “Toward Healthier Nations.”