Who We Are
Across the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there is increasing focus on the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives and a growing portfolio of Tribal health research. The NIH Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) was established in 2015 to ensure meaningful input from and collaboration with Tribal Nations on NIH policies, programs, and priorities. It is the central point of contact at NIH for federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes throughout the U.S. and the coordination hub for Tribal health research activities at NIH.
The THRO team is focused on enhancing capacity for research in Native communities, promoting opportunities for the next generation of AI/AN researchers, and disseminating transparent and culturally aware information about NIH and biomedical and behavioral research. Part of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) in the Office of the Director (OD), THRO also provides technical support to the NIH Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) and drives agency-wide progress related to the NIH Strategic Plan for Tribal Health Research.