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April 23, 2019

New “Seven Directions” team working on several CDC & RWJF projects

By Leo N. Egashira “Seven Directions, A Center for Indigenous Public Health” (7D, www.indigenousphi.org) is the first national public health institute in the U.S. focused solely on Indigenous health and wellness. Its commitments are to cultivate and share knowledge, connect communities and resources and work together to achieve shared goals for future generations. 7D’s vision…


Karina Walters is 2019 Adelphi SSW Lodge Prize Awardee

April 3, 2019 From:  Andrew W. Safyer, PhD, LCSW-R Dean and Professor Adelphi University School of Social Work Garden City, New York   It is my great pleasure to announce that Dr. Katina Walters has been selected to receive the 2019 Richard Lodge Prize from Adelphi University School of Social Work. Karina L. Walters, an…


Danielle Lucero

UW School of Public Health Facebook post of April 2, 2019 UW MPH Program in Health Services is with Danielle Lucero. April 2 at 9:27 AM · Second-year Health Services MPH/MSW student Danielle Lucero is conducting her master’s thesis on perceptions of violence, abuse, and culture among the Native American community. Danielle’s project aims to…


August 31, 2018

New curriculum prioritizes tribal sovereignty, cultural respect in scientific research of American Indian, Alaska Native communities

New curriculum prioritizes tribal sovereignty, cultural respect in scientific research of American Indian, Alaska Native communities Reprinted with permission by UW News Originally published on February 22, 2018 By Kim Eckert, UW News When scientists have conducted research in Native American communities, the process and the results have sometimes been controversial. There have been a…


Improving food access and community cohesion for Native Hawaiians

Reprinted with permission from the UW School of Social Work News – First published on February 26, 2018 Food access and nutrition among indigenous peoples can be highly dependent on family and community cohesion. This has led innovative researchers, such as incoming School of Social Work professor Michael Spencer, to design population health interventions that…


IWRI Student Assistants 2017-2018

Elyse Ke’ala Rickard (Native Hawaiian/Xicana/white) My name is Elyse, I was born and raised in Southwest Los Angeles County and received my B.A. in Sociology from Cal State Fullerton in May 2016. I graduated with my Master’s in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance in June 2018 with Social Policy…


IWRI Training Programs Thrive

The Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Program (IHART2) is in its ninth year this year and celebrated the enrollment of four up and coming scholars in the spring. The 2018 and the 2017 cohort of fellows participated in two training events this spring and summer. Fellows had the chance to meet members of the IHART2 Scientific…


February 8, 2018

IWRI Welcomes Jordan Green

Jordan Green joined IWRI in January 2018 as a research coordinator for the “My Peeps” project, a group intervention for young males (aged 13-18) who have sex with males, which is being translated into a mobile health web-application for smart-phones. Jordan is a native of San Francisco, where he worked as a health educator for…


The Indigenous Wellness Research Institute, a Decade of Research, Training, & Service

In 2004, two Native American junior faculty members committed to indigenous wellness (Karina Walters and Tessa Evans-Campbell) and two students at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work (UW SSW) came together to exchange resources, expertise, and contacts to advance research involving Native American populations. Thus was born the “Native Wellness Center,” which remained…


November 17, 2017

IHART2 and ISMART Fellows 2017

As we approach the end of 2017, IWRI is preparing to launch recruitment for two research training programs, the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training program 2 (NIMH R25MH084565) and the Indigenous Substance Abuse, Medicines, and Addictions Research Training program. Both programs have been a part of the IWRI Research Training portfolio for years. IHART2 is celebrating…