NHI was created in 2004, where several respected Tribal health leaders, health lay workers, faith-based leaders and health profession students sat down to discuss how to build community partnership. In 2005, NHI began work as a student organization.
Now in its 11th year, NHI is a non-profit partnership that addresses health inquities through Loving Service (a human-to-human element of wanting to serve others, volunteerism).
NHI is unique because…
We work with the rural and urban American Indian community members, organizations, programs in the U.S. that is run by the Tribes working with health professions students.
Health projects are created by and run by Tribal communities and their leaders
95% funded by loving service, and only 5% by monetary donations
Community (Tribal) members and volunteers share of their cultures, and NHI supports the reclamation of Indigenous cultures, languages, and lands
- Our partnership has no room for negativity, but we always recognize that there is room for improvement
- Communities (Tribes) encourage their emerging youth leaders to realize their heritage/traditions, their potential, and their power to become leaders