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.