The Black Hills Center for American Indian Health (BHCAIH) is a non-profit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Title 26 of the United States of America. BHCAIH was founded in 1998 by Jeffrey A. Henderson, M.D. MPH, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
BHCAIH is 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.
For over 20 years the BHCAIH has been conducting health research with Great Plains Area tribes that include Cheyenne River, Oglala Lakota and Sicangu Lakota as well as the Navajo Nation, Gila River Indian Community and the Alaska Native tribes.
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 health research is completed to enhance the tribe’s capacity to conduct their own research or unique planning activities that advance or build upon BHCAIH goals.
The health research conducted by BHCAIH in collaboration with other health institutes are momentous to learn about human health in the American Indian and Alaskan Native communities. Our work is completed with collaborative efforts from partnerships with unique health organizations that have the same health goals as we have for our American Indian population. Our health research also aims to find better ways to prevent and treat diseases in the American Indian population.
Our work results in American Indian tribes having the skills, knowledge and training to advocate for policy changes, create culturally tailored interventions and work toward healthier nations.
The Center’s vision statement is “Toward Healthier Nations.”