The National Indian Women’s Health Resource Center (NIWHRC), is a national non-profit organization whose mission is “To assist American Indian and Alaska Native women achieve optimal health and well being throughout their lifetime.” In 1993, the Director of Indian Health Service (IHS) assembled a group of Indian women, recognized as leaders in the health field, to serve on a Steering Committee and to advise IHS on the health needs of Indian women.
With the scope of the work to be accomplished the Steering Committee decided to organize an independent organization to complete the tasks. The members represent the twelve Areas of Indian Health Service: tribal, urban and IHS operated programs. They are health providers, health planners, health administrators, and elected tribal leaders that have a common concern with the health status of Indian women. In addition elders, youth, young women and males have a representative on the board. Their strong commitment is based on their roots in their communities.