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August 31, 2018

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…

2018 IWRI Graduation Celebration

Please join us in congratulating our 2018 IWRI graduates. Jessica Elm graduated with a PhD in Social Work Elyse Rickard graduated with an MPA Lauren White graduated with an MPH Tetana Adkins graduated with an MSW  

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…

Innovative Native American health study grounded in community participation

Innovative Native American health study grounded in community participation Reprinted with permission from the UW School of Social Work News – First published on February 26, 2018 For decades, research on health issues in Native American communities has typically taken the form of medical surveillance. But Native people “are tired of being pathologized,” says Bonnie Duran,…


American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Global Indigenous (AIANNH Indigenous) Cluster For its 2018 annual conference, the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) established the American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Global Indigenous Populations Cluster facilitated by Drs. Tessa Evans-Campbell, Mike Spencer, and Karina Walters. As SSWR Vice President and conference coordinator…

February 8, 2018

Two IWRI students awarded Tobacco Studies Program Scholarships

Katherine Garcia-Rosales (Peruvian) is a second-year MPH Epidemiology student in the School of Public Health. Katherine graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health in 2015 from the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. Her research interest includes tobacco control, substance abuse, and HIV research with a focus in global health. She is currently…

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…

Māhina Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Program

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The Māhina international Indigenous health training program is now accepting applications for the 2018 program. Māhina provides an international 10-12 week Indigenous health research training opportunity in New Zealand. For more information and to apply to the program visit  

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