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Our History

Founded in 1987 by American Indian and Alaska Native activists, social workers and public health professionals, the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) is the national leader in addressing HIV/AIDS issues that impact Native communities, such as stigma, discrimination, homophobia, complacency, incomplete or absent educational information, lack of political and social support for preventive approaches to health problems, limited technology and media access, and conflicting messages and attitudes across reservation and urban communities.

NNAAPC seeks to address these issues through its work in the areas of public health, community advocacy and mobilization, training and technical assistance, and communications/media.

 NNAAPC’s areas of expertise include:

  • HIV/AIDS prevention and care.
  • Communicating with diverse populations.
  • Using technology to advance HIV prevention messages.
  • Working with Native American communities.
  • Understanding the unique needs of the Two-Spirit community. 


NNAAPC’s constituents are Native communities and service providers; Native-serving community-based agencies; local, state, federal and tribal health departments and governmental agencies; HIV care and prevention planning bodies; and national organizations working with Native populations throughout the United States.

Over the past 20 years, NNAAPC has developed training manuals and materials for HIV providers serving Native peoples, produced multi-day trainings, organized national focus groups and workgroups, facilitated national strategic planning with stakeholders, and championed the visibility and viability of Native communities. NNAAPC has also conducted numerous workshops and trainings on prevention and care issues at the local, national, and international levels, including the U.S. Conference on AIDS and the HIV Prevention Leadership Summit.

In addition to producing education and training materials, NNAAPC has a long history of developing national communication systems and media campaigns to provide information to Native HIV workers, Native communities and organizations, state and local health departments, education institutions, correctional facilities, AIDS service organizations and others.


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