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The mission of the National Native Network is to enhance the quality and performance of public health systems to reduce commercial tobacco-related illnesses and cancer disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

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About The National Native Network

The National Native Network is a public health resource that serves to decrease commercial tobacco use and cancer health disparities among members of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes across North America.


Traditional and commercial tobacco are different in the way that they are grown and used. Traditional tobacco is and has been used in sacred ways by American Indians for centuries. Its use differs by Tribe and some Tribes do not use traditional tobacco at all.

Traditional Vs. Commercial


Behavioral risk factors associated with cancer are often much higher for the AI/AN population. These include smoking, being overweight, lack of physical activity, and poor diet. Lower cancer screening rates are documented for colon and breast cancer.

Cancer Prevention

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium National Native Network Newsletter — January 2018

In this issue: Tobacco Companies to Run Court-Ordered Ads Telling the Truth About Their Deadly Products Welcome Monica Martin to CRIHB and National Native Network NNN & IHS HP/DP Webinar Archive — Traditional Tobacco Cervical Health Awareness Resources GPTCHB Sacred Willow Book In a Good Way:  Indigenous Commercial Tobacco Control Practice “Every Try Counts” Introduces […]

Prevention & Policy Coordinator Employment Opportunity – Prevention & Policy Coordinator – AICAF

The American Indian Cancer Foundation is seeking a PREVENTION & POLICY COORDINATOR to work across cancer prevention and policy projects to support sustainable strategies that will strengthen American Indian community systems and improve health outcomes. This individual must have interest and experience in the areas of tobacco, physical activity, and/or healthy eating for cancer prevention […]

nnn Employment Opportunity – Research Manager – AICAF

The American Indian Cancer Foundation has an opportunity for an experienced RESEARCHER to lead our national native cancer equity research agenda, along with all aspects of multiple research projects and direct supervision of research staff in achieving program goals with adherence to work plans. The ideal candidate will have extensive community-based public health research experience, […]

Wellness Promising Practices to Build Healthy Active Native Communities

VISIT HEALTHY ACTIVE NATIVE COMMUNITIES RESOURCES HERE The Association of American Indian Physicians’ (AAIP) Healthy Active Native Communities project is working toward increasing access to and impact of obesity prevention projects in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Through evidence-based research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Winnable Battles to prevent obesity […]

nnn Monica Martin joins CRIHB and NNN Team

The National Native Network welcomes Monica Martin to our team.  Monica Martin has recently joined our team with the California Rural Indian Health Board as a Health Education Specialist.  Monica will be helping with NNN work along with other CDC grant duties.  Monica comes armed with public health and community level experience and hopes to […]

Quit Monday Need some #MondayMotivation? Join a Running Club for Smokers Who Are Quitting!

FOR FULL COMPLETE BLOG FROM CLICK HERE There are two popular resolutions people make for themselves eery New Year:  quit smoking and get in shape.  If you have decided to quit smoking, you’re already on your way to a healthier life.  If you decided you also want to try getting in shape while you […]