Projects List

Community Based Participatory Research with Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU): Drugs and Alcohol Problems and Solutions Study
Lead Investigator: Bonnie Duran, Dr.PH
This research project aims to conduct the first study of alcohol related problems at TCU and is the preliminary research needed to develop culturally appropriate and sustainable alcohol interventions at Northwest Indian College (NWIC) and other tribal colleges in the U.S. by using a community-based participatory research approach. Website

TCU: Behavioral Wellness Epidemiology Study
Lead Investigator: Bonnie Duran, Dr.PH
1. Survey a representative sample of TCU students (N=1200), and apply an expanded Indigenous stress and coping model to examine how AIAN specific risk and protective factors influence alcohol, drug and other substance abuse and outcomes.
2. Obtain ethnographic data necessary to culturally contextualize the results of the previous aims;
3. Disseminate study findings broadly and work to eliminate health disparities by translating the findings into policy and practice guidelines for TCU leaders, allies and funders.

TCU: Behavioral Wellness BASICS Intervention Adaptation
Lead Investigator: Bonnie Duran, Dr.PH
Academic achievement is important for American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) individuals for professional and personal reasons. An AIAN individual without a college degree is ten times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than an AIAN with a college degree. Alcohol abuse among young AIAN individuals reduces the likelihood of pursuing and completing higher education goals. These findings and others from our current partnership with Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) have led to the present application to use a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach to implement alcohol prevention services and improve treatment services for TCU students.

Research for Improved Health
Lead Investigator: Bonnie Duran, Dr.PH
In an effort to improve the health of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribal communities, this project seeks to understand the range of ways that communities are engaged as partners in their own health research and intervention projects. By also including other communities of color and communities that face health disparities in the study design, this work has the possibility of extending beneficial findings within the AI/AN communities to a broader audience.

NARCH V – Research for Change: Cross-Site Multi-cultural Community-Based Participatory Research
Lead Investigator: Bonnie Duran, Dr.PH
The causes of health disparities among communities of color and other underserved populations are complex and include social, biological, economic, cultural, and historical factors. A critical step in reducing health disparities among these communities is addressing the mistrust that characterizes community attitudes towards research and to ensure authentic community engagement in improving health. This study will be an in-depth investigation of promoters and barriers to Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with the goal of improving health status and promoting health equity. Funded through the Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH), National Institutes for Health (NIH) and Indian Health Service for 2009-2013, this research project will invite the participation of CBPR projects from all NIH Institutes and Centers to participate in a national study design to strengthen the science of how CBPR partnerships can reduce health disparities.

Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training (IHART) Program
Lead Investigator: Karina L. Walters, PhD & Bonnie Duran, Dr.PH
The Indigenous HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Research Training (I-HART) institute is being developed to increase the number of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) health researchers to successfully garner major grants for tribal priority health issues. Housed at the University of Washington’s Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI), the I-HART program will target junior and mid-career AI/AN community/tribal based researchers and AI/AN university-based researchers to hone their competitive grant making skills for mental health and HIV/AIDS research grant acquisition. Working in partnership with tribes, the I-HART program will lay the groundwork for a strong network of highly-trained and grant productive Native scholars dedicated to research and analysis that is culturally and tribally grounded. This would contribute directly to the amelioration of mental health, trauma, and HIV-related health disparities among AI/ANs. I-HART program website.

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