Governance Structure

The Center is evolving to a shared governance structure that provides opportunity for diverse voices of the tribal communities we work with to inform Center decision making.

The Center governance structure includes two advisory groups for this purpose:
1) the external Tribal Advisory Council & Tribal Engagement Circle (TACTEC) and
2) the Center for Indigenous Health Advisory Council.


The Tribal Advisory Council & Tribal Engagement Circle

The Tribal Advisory Council & Tribal Engagement Circle (or TACTEC) will guide the Center’s overall research, training, service, health communications and policy work to ensure it is translated to Indigenous communities in a culturally responsive and timely manner.
TACTEC will be composed of active Indigenous community members and national partners who provide their time and expertise on CIH priorities and help to create and ensure adherence to community engagement guiding principles, cultural safety and responsiveness.


CIH Internal Advisory Council

The Internal Advisory Council is comprised of CIH staff who undergo a nomination and election process in each community site. Members from the Internal Advisory Council bring forth input to CIH leadership from the sites they represent. The three co-chairs of the Internal Advisory Council will represent diverse tribal regions where we have community-based worksites, andmeet with the Center’s Leadership on a regular basis.


Summary: CIH Governance Structure

Updated June 2022

Relationship To Johns Hopkins University

The Center for Indigenous Health was founded in 1991 and based at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the largest and #1 ranked school of public health in the world.

Today, the Center’s programs reach more than 165 tribal communities across the country. The Center has administrative offices in Baltimore, MD, Albuquerque, NM, and Pinetop, AZ; a Great Lakes regional hub in Duluth, MN serving 11 Ojibwe Tribes; and eight satellite offices in reservation communities in AZ and NM working in close partnership with the White Mountain Apache Tribe and Navajo Nation.

While based at Johns Hopkins, the Center for Indigenous Health is financially independent and depends on philanthropic contributions to support our work.