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The Gadugi (ᎦᏚᎩ) Project

Kinship caregivers are a primary resource for vulnerable children to have a safe environment while maintaining connections to their culture and community. However, without support, many kinship caregivers struggle to work effectively with the parents of the children in their care and to access the resources necessary to meet their own needs as caregivers. Many...

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Engage for Equity- E2

Engage for Equity: About the study Community based participatory research (CBPR) and Community Engaged Research (CEnR) is growing rapidly in the U.S. and internationally as a core approach to reduce health inequities. Despite this rapid growth, there is little to no national consensus on measures or metrics of partnering practices, nor on the promising or...

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Healing Seasons: Preventing HIV among Native Americans through the treatment of PTSD & Substance Use

Lead Investigators: Cynthia R. Pearson, PhD Debra Lee Kaysen, PhD In communities where there are disproportionate risks for trauma exposure and substance misuse, mental health services are generally overlooked and under resourced.  Issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorder (SUD), HIV/STI risks are often treated separately rather than combined.  Built on an...

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My Peeps – Mobile-based Program for HIV Prevention in Young Males Who Have Sex with Males

MyPeeps is testing a mobile bast HIV prevention intervention for young men that have sex with men aged 13-18.

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Sacred Journey 2 – Cognitive Processing Intervention for HIV/STI & Substance Use among Native Women

This is a 3-year randomized control trial to pilot culturally adapted Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The trial will focus on the PTSD symptoms, substance use and high risk sexual behavior as the primary outcomes.

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Tribal Colleges and Universities Behavior Wellness BASICS Adaptation

This project was one of two projects under the Creating Campus Change umbrella. The vision of this research is to increase academic achievement and reduce alcohol-related health disparities for AIAN peoples. This will be accomplished by using the CBPR partnership to adapt and test the highly successful Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students...

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ETHICS: Ethics Training for Health in Indigenous Communities Study

ETHICS aims to help ensure tribal community researchers have all the tools necessary to conduct ethical research, and includes a national tribal cultural adaptation of the CITI human subjects training that is relevant and makes sense in the settings in which they work.

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Pilot HIV Intervention for men who have sex with men

Native Americans are vulnerable to excessively high rates of sexually transmitted diseases and are the U.S. racial/ethnic group with the highest rate of illicit drug use. Among Native men diagnosed with AIDS, three quarters are men who have sex with men (MSM). Despite their risks, there is not a single empirically supported HIV prevention intervention for Native MSM. With this 2-year research project, we plan to develop an online HIV preventive intervention for substance-using Native American MSM. Incorporating a social networking peer component, it will provide a culturally grounded intervention that facilitates positive sexual health behaviors, decreases substance use and HIV risk behaviors, and provides the peer support that may best address the men’s needs.

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Yappalli: Choctaw Road to Health

This is a 5-year project to refine and test the efficacy of Yappalli Choctaw Road to Health, a culturally- focused, strengths-based outdoor experiential obesity-AOD risk prevention and health leadership program targeting at-risk adult Choctaw women (N=150) across 5 regions of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

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Tribal Colleges and Universities Behavior Wellness Project

This project was one of two projects under the Creating Campus Change umbrella. This was the first-ever epidemiological study of drug, alcohol and other substance abuse at TCUs. Results of this study will provide quantitative, empirical evidence to buttress heretofore anecdotal narratives, as well as provide direction to future pilot intervention programs to combat drug,...

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