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National Collaborative HIV/AIDS Awareness Project

National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS)

One of the President’s top HIV/AIDS policy priorities is the development and implementation of a National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). There are three primary goals for the NHAS:
  • Reducing HIV incidence
  • Increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes
  • Reducing HIV-related health disparities

The National Collaborative HIV/AIDS Awareness Project (NCHAAP)

The National Collaborative HIV/AIDS Awareness Project (NCHAAP) is part of the Indian Health Service’s (IHS) implementation plan to meet the three goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in Indian Country for federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations in the interest of improving Indian health care.

The goal of NCHAPP is to increase the capacity of Native communities to address HIV and AIDS. This will be achieved by creating strategic opportunities for Tribes and Tribal entities to access technical assistance and community-based prevention materials. Educational materials will be developed through comprehensive community input, all under the guidance and advice of the IHS HIV/AIDS Program, to focus on identified high risk populations.

The Role of NIHB and our Partner, NNAAPC

The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) is the only national, HIV-specific, Native organization in the United States. Founded in 1987, NNAAPC is recognized as the leading resource for HIV information in Indian Country by community members, federal funders, and other national Native organizations. NNAAPC has earned this reputation through high quality and culturally appropriate training, technical assistance, materials development, advocacy, and continuity of service.

As such, NNAAPC was selected by NIHB, as a subcontractor, to operate the National Collaborative HIV/AIDS Awareness Project. NNAAPC and NIHB have a long history of collaboration which is evidenced by an MOU that honors the expertise of NIHB in working for the health of tribal and reservation-based communities and the experience of NNAAPC in advancing the state of HIV/AIDS prevention amongst all Native peoples.  

Links and Fact Sheets

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is committed to helping reduce the incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. To that end, NIHB has put together a small publication highlighting various HIV/AIDS related information specific to Indian Country. This publication was shared with all attendees of the 2017 NIHB National Tribal Health Conference in Bellevue, WA and was funded under the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund.
A Briefing on HIV/AIDS in Indian Country

The CDC has released a new factsheet on HIV among American Indian and Alaska Native communities. For the fact sheet, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/racialethnic/aian

For more information about the Indian Health Service HIV/AIDS Program, please visit:

For more information about the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, please visit:

Fact Sheets on HIV/AIDS:

National HIV Awareness Days

There are currently 13 different national HIV/AIDS Awareness Days that serve to call attention to the impact that the epidemic has had in certain populations. Each day is a reminder that HIV is very much still a public health concern, and that without dedicated energy, resources, staff, and programming, the epidemic will continue to grow. It is also a day to honor those that have passed from AIDS related complications, are currently living with HIV, and those that spend their professional and personal time battling this disease.

For more information on all of the awareness days, please visit:

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). HIV has a disproportionate impact on women and girls across the globe and new infections are continuing to rise among women domestically. This is a day to call attention to the epidemic amongst all of our women and girls, and to the unique impact the epidemic has had on women- and even more so, what we can do to construct a more gender-responsive approach to how we craft our prevention programs for women and girls. Visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad for more information and resources (including social media resources and PSAs) that can support local efforts.

The Office of Women’s Health is hosting webinar titled, "Ongoing Care and Treatment: Women with HIV/AIDS" in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The webinar will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT. The hour-long webinar will include presenters from the HHS Office on Women’s Health and the Office of Population Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Black Women’s Health Imperative, as well as NWGHAAD Ambassador Tamika Williams. To register CLICK HERE.

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). March 20th is the first day of spring and marks a special time in the life of many Native peoples. It is this day that NNHAAD seeks to celebrate life by challenging Native people to create a greater awareness of HIV/AIDS in our communities. HIV rates continue to rise among American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people, and community action has the best chance to reverse this trend. Use this day to create voice for you and your community. Visit http://www.nnhaad.org to see what resources are available to support NNHAAD in your community, register your local event, and to see what events are taking place across the country, or visit the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center’s (NNAAPC) website at www.nnaapc.org for important educational resources.

In honor of NNHAAD, NNAAPC is partnering with the Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education & Training Center and the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas to host a free, day-long webinar series, on March 28, 2014. The series will feature sessions on:

  • HIV & AIDS in AI/AN Populations: An Overview of the Epidemiology and discussion of challenges along the Continuum of Care
  • Methamphetamine & HIV in the Native American Population
  • Smoking & HIV Infection: Time for Action
  • Pregnancy & HIV
  • Indian Health Service and HIV Treatment Options

Participants can pick and choose which session they would like to attend. For more information on the sessions, times, registration, and continuing education credits, CLICK HERE (PDF).

HIV News and Information

Posted May 24, 2016

The Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), one of the leading causes of cirrhosis and other liver diseases, disproportionately affects American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) communities.

Statistically, morbidity rates for AI/AN individuals are twofold greater than for the rest of the population, and barriers in awareness, education and access to care remain particularly problematic. However, recent strides by both the Cherokee Nation Health Services (CNHS) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) have dramatically increased identification of HCV positive individuals, and streamlined their connection to treatment. HCV is primarily transmitted via contact with an infected person’s blood, and is particularly virulent in the “baby boomer” generation (1945-1965) and with injection drug users who share needles. The measures taken by CNHS and IHS focused on baby boomers who were exposed to the infection during an era before universal hospital sanitation protocols were emplaced, and both interventions had overwhelmingly positive outcomes. Both programs were implemented during 2012-2015, and CNHS saw a fivefold increase in first-time testing and a doubling of HCV treatment, while the IHS program noted a fourfold increase in testing across Tribal communities located in 34 states. Both studies indicated that increasing access to patient and provider education and telehealth can dramatically improve the degree to which HCV positive individuals access testing and treatment, and curb the health disparities that pervade AI/AN communities...

More Information (PDF)

Public Health Inquiries:

Robert Foley, M.Ed.
Chief Programs Officer

National Indian Health Board
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Phone: 202-355-5494
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