Welcome to the American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health page! This site provides a brief overview of our programs, clinical resources, and advocacy efforts.
About ACOG & AI/AN Women’s Health
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) represents more than 58,000 members dedicated to improving women's health care. On April 17, 1970, ACOG established a Committee on American Indian Affairs for the purpose of studying and developing expertise in the area of maternal and gynecologic health problems among American Indian and Alaska Native women. This move was prompted by Dr. Beryl Blue Spruce, Laguna-Pueblo. For many years since then, the College and Committee have worked closely with the Indian Health Service (IHS) to meet the health needs of American Indian and Alaska Native women. In recent years, both ACOG and IHS have expanded their resources to include Tribal health programs.
For more information please contact:
Director, American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health
Program Assistant, American Indian/Alaska Native Women's Health
March 17, 2017
Save the Date!
Best Practices in Women's Health: Focus on American Indian/Alaska Native Women
Salt Lake City, UT from August 10-13, 2017.
Behavioral Health Day – August 10
Women’s Health Update – August 11
ALSO Certification* – August 12-13
More details on registration, course schedule, and costs to be released soon!
*Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
March 7, 2017
Committee Chair, Angela Kueck, MD, participated in the Helping Families Heal: Parental Substance Use and Native Children's Health Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill. ACOG joined the American Academy of Pediatrics, the March of Dimes, the National Indian Health Board, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Casey Family Programs, and the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute in sponsoring the briefing. Dr. Kueck emphasized the need for a non-punitive public health approach for AI/AN mothers with substance use disorders. She was joined by a panel who spoke on the importance of protecting Native youth and prevent substance use.
January 6, 2017
The 2017 Haffner Award Announced
Congratulations to recipient Ursula Knoki-Wilson, CNM, MSN, MPH! Click here for the full announcement.
December 16, 2016
ACOG Participates in Native Health Presidential Summit
On Thursday, December 8th, ACOG participated in the Native Health Presidential Summit hosted by the National Indian Health Board. The summit focused on ways to advance the health priorities of American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) during this transition period, namely, ensuring the preservation of the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act.
Congressional leaders including Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chair Jon Tester (D-MT), and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Co-Chair of the Native American Caucus, expressed their commitment to the health of the First Peoples, stressing that this nonpartisan will remain a priority for members of both parties.
ACOG was represented by Dr. Brian Thompson, FACOG, member of ACOG's American Indian and Alaska Native Women's Health Program.
Credit: ACOG Government Affairs