Seven Directions: A Center for Indigenous Public Health

We make Connections that power transformational Indigenous public health practice.

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Who We Are

We are a public health institute committed to the health & wellness of Indigenous communities.

We are the first national public health institute in the United States to focus solely on improving Indigenous health and wellness. We are committed to cultivating and sharing knowledge, connecting communities and resources, and working to achieve shared goals for future generations.

Our Vision

What We Do

We bring Indigenous knowledge & worldview to public health practice.

We prioritize Indigenous knowledge and traditional practices to improve community health. We seek opportunities to integrate cultural beliefs and practices into public health and health care services.

Our Projects

why we do it

Indigenous Peoples know the pathway forward.

Indigenous Peoples are the original architects of wellness systems – ways of life that kept us and our environment healthy. Together, we can advance a shared vision for vibrant, healthy American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Our Commitments

About Our Practice

The Seven Sacred Directions

Seven Directions was born from a desire to create greater connectivity across the many tribes, communities and organizations that have the health and wellness of American Indian and Alaska Native people at the heart of what they do. We are guided by the "seven directions" of practice: Integration & Holistic Wellness, Culture & Identity, Families & Communities, Respect for Sovereignty, Service, Indigenous Knowledge, and Tribal Governance.

The Seven Sacred Directions serve as an indigenous framework for presenting the strategic directions for the public health agenda.

What are the Seven Directions?

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Seven Directions is a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes (PHI)

What is an Indigenous PHI?

Public health institutes work with a range of multi-sector and multi-disciplinary partners towards a shared mission that creates conditions leading to improved health. Seven Directions aims to support the tribal and urban Indian public health system in much the same manner, but in a way that embodies Indigenous knowledge, practices and approaches to wellness.