The National Association of Community Health Representatives (NACHR) is an association representing 264 Community Health Representative (CHR) Programs with over 1,700 CHRs from all over the United States.


The CHR program began in 1968. It was founded on the concept that Tribal health workers are especially well adapted to serve the Tribal community, as they are familiar with Native languages, customs and traditions.


To provide quality outreach health care services and health promotion/disease prevention services to American Indians and Alaska Natives within their ­communities through the use of well-trained CHRs.


To represent the issues and concerns of the CHR to the Indian Health Service and to advocate for professional development of the individual CHR to elevate their skills and education in the provision of health services.


  1. Promote American Indian/Alaska Native leadership in the health profession.
  2. Reinforce and actively support the goal of raising the health status of the American Indian and Alaska Native people to the highest possible level.
  3. Promote better understanding in the health field between American Indians and Alaska Native people and other Americans.
  4. Advocate for more effective local, state and federal resources in the field.
  5. Provide a focal point for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and information through a nationally coordinated communication system.
  6. Provide a mechanism for input into national issues and concerns affecting CHRs and the American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

Unity 2019 Conference: The 20th Anniversary of the National Conference For and About Community Health Workers

Please save the date for the Unity 2019 Confernece. This year's conference will be held on April 14-17, 2019. For questions, please contact Devin Bellman at or (228) 214-3301.

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Contact Us

Theresa Grant

NACHR President
Oklahoma Area Representative
Fran Harrison, CHR Director
Wichita Affiliated Tribes
P.O. Box 729
Anadarko, OK 73005
phone: (405) 247.8655
fax: (405) 247.7511

NACHR Vice President
Portland Area Representative

Roanna Stump
CHR Manager
Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Health & Human Services Department
PO Box 306
Fort Hall, ID 82303
phone: (208) 478.3968
cell: (208) 221.2084
fax: (208) 478.3964

NACHR Secretary
Albuquerque Area Representative
Ramona Dillard
P.O. Box 194
Laguna, NM 87026
phone: (505) 552.6652
fax: (505) 552.0605

NACHR Treasurer
Navajo Area Representative
Mae-Gilene Begay
CHR Program
Box 2280
Windowrock, AZ 86515
phone: (928) 871.6875
fax: (928) 871.6785

Aberdeen Area Representative
Jenny Lawrence
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Tribal Wellness
P.O. Box 560
Eagle Butte, South Dakota 57625
phone: (605) 733.2483
fax: (605) 964.1062
email: N/A

Alaska Area Representative
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Bemidji Area Representative
Kathy Clark
29091 County 7
Bagley, MN 56621
phone: (218) 694.6384
fax:(218) 694.5120

Billings Area Representative
Rosanne Headswift
CHR Program
P.O. Box 376
Lame Deer, MT 59043
phone: (406) 477.8804
fax: (406) 477.8765

California Area Representative
Sharon Valdez
Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health Inc.
11555 1/2 Potrero Rd.
Banning, California 92220
phone: (800) 732.8805 ext.1421

Nashville Area Representative
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Phoenix Area Representative
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Tuscon Area Repesentative
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