The Center for Indigenous Health Research is committed to building the capacity of Native researchers and allies to conduct innovative, community-centered research. Our intention is to make resources we have developed with our partners through years of community-based participatory research accessible to all community members, academic researchers, and stakeholders engaged in addressing health disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.
We hope you will find the tools provided here useful to:
- Foster fully empowered and engaged research partnerships
- Build and support tribal and community research infrastructure
- Effectively engage in academic and community bidirectional learning
- Translate and disseminate important findings
- Deepen understandings of health inequities in AI/AN communities
Tribal College and University Affiliates
TCU provide critical higher education opportunities for AI/AN students. If you are a TCU community member or local government partner interested in understanding and addressing the barriers to higher education for AI/AN, this page provides information on the methods and concepts utilized by CIHR’s partners in the Tribal Colleges and Universities Alcohol and Drug Problems and Solutions Study. Many of these resources are examples of the various recruitment letters and agreement letters which were sent to participants and tribal universities respectively. We hope that these resources will facilitate tribal, community, and university collaborations by providing the documents that were developed during the implementation of the TCU – Drug and Alcohol Problems and Solutions Study.
Strengthening tribal community members’ and tribal leaders’ use of science to inform policy development and ability to develop meaningful research infrastructure is essential to addressing health disparities in AI/AN communities. If you are a tribal community member or ally, here you will find the tools used by CIHR to increase capacity for power sharing in research, build opportunities for culturally-centered intervention development, create collaborative knowledge, and provide a forum for jointly constructed solutions to public health problems. IRB and DSOA, survey development etc.
Many AI/AN communities have benefited minimally from research conducted in their communities and experienced difficult histories with the institutions of public health and medicine, and the mainstream institutions of higher education. If you are a college or university researcher interested in fostering research partnerships with tribal communities, here you will find capacity-building CBPR tools utilized by CIHR for research, translation, dissemination., IRB and DSOA, survey development etc.