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The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) was founded in 1971 as an educational, scientific, and charitable non-profit corporation. A group of fourteen American Indian and Alaska Native physicians sought to establish an organization that would provide both support and services to the American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

At the time of its founding, AAIP’s primary goal was, and remains, to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Natives. Its mission today is:

“to pursue excellence in Native American health care by promoting education in the medical disciplines, honoring traditional healing principles and restoring the balance of mind, body, and spirit”.

AAIP seeks to accomplish its mission by offering educational programs, services and activities that motivate American Indian and Alaska Native students to remain in the academic pipeline and to pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedical research. AAIP also fosters forums where modern medicine combines with traditional healing to enhance health care delivery to American Indian and Alaska Native communities. AAIP also provides leadership in various health care arenas affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives such as diabetes mellitus, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, and methamphetamine use.