What is CAIR?


The Center for American Indian Resilience (CAIR) is a collaborative effort to examine community assets, e.g., the role of traditional knowledge, collective memory and cultural strategies in teaching health behaviors and supporting positive health outcomes, to document these health strategies and positive behaviors oftentimes not collected in public health research, and to transfer and integrate tribal elders’ wisdom, knowledge and experience into contemporary public education and health promotion intervention.

CAIR is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health – National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, as an Exploratory Center of Excellence, P20. The content of this site is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

The award number is: 1P20MD006872 and was granted from August 28, 2012 to February 28, 2018. 

This funding is split among the partner institutions: NAU, UA and Diné College and among the Five Cores: 

  • Administration and Evaluation
  • Research, Education, and Training
  • Community Engagement and Outreach
  • Research
  • Pilot Research 
    • NAU Administrative Supplement


The mission of CAIR is to partner with American Indian communities to promote health and resilience.


The vision of CAIR is to promote strong, healthy and resilient American Indian communities.

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