Native Community Health Network
What is the NCHN?
The Native Community Health Network (NCHN) is a community health worker program that is geared to work with Indigenous communities in the Southwest. NCHN started in 2019 and specializes in sexual and reproductive health education, advocacy, outreach, and linkage to essential resources. Their team of Community Health Workers are certified to perform Rapid HIV testing and are trained as Harm Reduction specialists in the state New Mexico. Their office is based out of Albuquerque, NM (occupied Tiwa territory) and they offer programing in and around the four corner states.
There are many ways to support the Native Community Health Network. Please share events and spread the word about our services. Financial contributions are always appreciated. Please complete the form below to donate to NCHN.
January Talking Circle Events:
- Tuesday January 24th, 2023
- Wednesday January 25th, 2023
- Thursday January 26th, 2023
Coyote Stories w/ Keana Gorman
Keana Gorman (she/her) is a Diné woman from Tsélání Springs, AZ and will orate some of the Ma’ii Jooldloshí Baaháne’, a series of Diné origin stories with coyote as the main character that are only told during the wintertime. These stories while comical are a window into Diné ceremonialism, philosophy, and fables for all ages. Join us for an engaging story time that explores a time before five-fingered people (humans), where animals spoke and quarreled with one another in pursuit of a different world.
- Monday January 30th, 2023
- Register here
All events begin at 6:30PM MST
Follow us on Instagram @NCHNetwork to keep up to date on upcoming events!
Don’t forget to register in the appropriate tab to get email updates.
QT Talking Circle
Audience: Indigenous Queer, Trans and/or Two-Spirit people
The QT (Queer/Transgender) Meet Up is our Native self-identified queer and trans and Two-spirit group that will be meeting up once a month to discuss topics such as sexual and reproductive health, relationship building, political movements and issues affecting Native QTs. This event is 18+ and open to all people who identify as an Indigenous Queer, Trans and/or Two-Spirit person.
Brother, Uncle, Dad (B.U.D.) Talking Circle
Audience: Indigenous men and/or Indigenous masculine folks
B.U.D. (Brother, Uncle, Dad) is our Native self-identified men’s group that will be meeting up once a month to discuss topics such as sexual and reproductive health, relationship building, political movements and issues affecting Native men. This event is for 18+ and is open to all people who identify as an Indigenous man or masculine.
Auntie Talking Circle
Audience: Indigenous women and/or Indigenous femme folks
Auntie Circle is our Native self-identified women’s group that will be meeting up once a month to discuss topics such as sexual and reproductive health, relationship building, political movements and issues affecting Native women. This event is 18+ and is open to all people who identify as an Indigenous woman and/or femme.
The Native Community Health Network also provides one-on-one sessions. These are a focused conversation on a selected topic. If you would like to schedule a one-on-one or just want more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and Respect Mold Our Native Youth (H.A.R.M.O.N.Y.)
Audience: high school
H.A.R.M.O.N.Y. was designed to teach sexual health information in a culturally appropriate manner about ways to reduce Native American youth’s risk of becoming infected with HIV. Youth will learn specific skills to stay safe through fun learning activities such as role-plays and games in a supportive, safe environment. The H.A.R.M.O.N.Y program is taught by a trained facilitator, includes six module sessions and serves young people ages 14-18.
The Responsible Sex Education Institute offers developmentally appropriate and medically accurate individual lessons that use innovative technology and supports students in the development of 21st Century Skills. We have all these topics available virtually through a live or asynchronous format.
Click the topic for more information on each lesson, including the health standards.
Contact us if you’re looking for sex education for adults or elementary school youth.
NCHN HIV Testing and Outreach Services are suspended due to COVID restrictions. Planned Parenthood health centers currently offer HIV Testing and Treatment as part of of our full range of sexual and reproductive health services or visit The Space in Albuquerque for a free, confidential, rapid HIV test. Visit Be Tested NM to access a free at home HIV testing kit.