News & Updates

Community Grant Funding Available from Native People For Cancer Control

Applications Due 5 PM PST on Monday, March 16, 2015

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Native People for Cancer Control is a project of Partnerships for Native Health at the University of Washington. Funded by the National Cancer Institute, its mission is to enhance existing relationships and build new bridges for community-based participatory research, training, and education to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Read More »

February 13th 2015,
News & Updates

Our Food is Our Medicine

For the past three years, the Institute of Indigenous Foods & Traditions at the Northwest Indian College has been holding an annual conference called “Our Food is Our Medicine.” This year, the Suquamish Tribe hosted the conference from September 24th to 26th at the beautiful Kiana Lodge on the shores of the Salish Sea. The event draws people from around Indian Country to discuss and learn more about how American Indians and Alaska Natives are revitalizing traditional food systems in their communities. Read More »

October 28th 2014,
Our Mission

We conduct community-centered research, training, education, and outreach to improve the health and quality of life of American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

Program Overview

Partnerships for Native Health (P4NH) is a program located at the Center for Clinical and Epidemiological Research (CCER) at the University of Washington. Formalized in 2009, it emerged from two decades of work with Native communities. Over time, the program has developed a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to achieve our mission of improving the health and well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native people of all ages. We have done so by incorporating these core principles: engagement and participation with our community partners; education, training, and capacity-building for Native people and communities; infrastructure development; technical assistance; research on healthcare and other community needs; and widespread sharing of our results in ways that recognize and respect the unique cultural contexts of American Indian and Alaska Native people.


November is National Family Health History month. Family members can share genetic, lifestyle, and environmental risks associated with illness and disease. Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer can run in families, so a detailed family history could help patients and providers determine appropriate screenings at appropriate times.

Partnerships for Native Health is excited to announce our newest effort, the Family Health History Genome Project. With support from the National Institutes of Health, study staff will pilot-test My Family Health Portrait with partner sites. This is a publically accessible, standard-based family history tool that is widely used in the U.S. Study staff hope to determine whether this tool fits the health needs of Native patients and their providers.

If you happened to stop by our offices this summer, chances are you would find staff from Native People for Cancer Control filling bags with our very special bean soup mix. Each bag is stuffed with five different kinds of beans and a small card with a soup recipe. Also on the card is information explaining how eating beans can reduce your risk of cancer. Our bean soup mix is intended to launch conversations at community events, where we often set up tables for health education.