Research Core

Projects Supported by the Core

Below is a list of projects both active and past. Data is available for analysis for past projects on a case-by-case basis. Please visit the project’s abstract or website to gather more details about a specific project. If you would like to request access to data for a project, please follow the Research Data Request Process.

Active Projects

Developing a Computer-Based Intervention to Prevent HIV among Native American MSM

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  • Original Funded Period: March 2015 – February 2017
  • Award Number: P60MD006909
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount: $463,500
  • The project will develop an online HIV preventive intervention for substance-using Native American MSM. Incorporating a social networking peer component, it will be designed to 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.

ETHICS: Ethics Training for Health in Indigenous Communities Study

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  • Original Funded Period: September 2014 – August 2018
  • Award Number: 1R01HD082181
  • Funding Organizations: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • Lead Investigator: Cynthia Pearson, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount: $1,297,689
  • 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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Yappalli: Choctaw Road to Health

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  • Original Funded Period: June 2014 – May 2019
  • Award Number: 1R01DA037176
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $3,193,063
  • 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 (TCU-BeWell Epi)

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  • Original Funded Period: March 2014 – February 2016
  • Award Number: 5P60MD006909
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Lead Investigator: Bonnie Duran, DrPH
  • Total Funded Amount : $886,964
  • This will be 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, alcohol and other substance abuse problems among TCU students.

Tribal Colleges and Universities Behavior Wellness Study (TCU-BeWell BASICS)–P60 project

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  • Original Funded Period: July 2013 – June 2018
  • Award Number: 5R01AA022068
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Lead Investigator: Bonnie Duran, DrPH
  • Total Funded Amount : $3,219,598
  • 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 (BASICS) for use at TCU. The partnership will also develop a policy, institutional intervention to help implement BASICS, and to integrate the TCU with local Indian Health Service/Tribal/Urban behavioral health systems.

Healthy Hearts 2–P60 project

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  • Original Funded Period: August 2012 – February 2015
  • Award Number: 5P60MD006909
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $862,044
  • To improve the cardiovascular health of Northwest American Indians, new health programs might help community members protect themselves against diabetes, obesity, tobacco use, and depression. The Healthy Hearts, Healthy Minds research study is developing a culturally-adapted counseling program to address depression symptoms in AIs who are pre-diabetic or have diabetes. The goals of this study are to improve symptoms of depression which may be a barrier to taking care of one’s diabetes properly, where improperly treated diabetes can lead to cardiovascular-related health problems. Researchers will see how the program affects self-treatment for diabetes, food and exercise habits, symptoms of depression, weight, blood pressure, and blood test results like cholesterol and blood sugar.
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Cognitive Processing Intervention for HIV/STI & Substance Use among Native Women

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  • Original Funded Period: August 2012 – July 2016
  • Award Number: R34DA034529
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Lead Investigator: Cynthia Pearson, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $644,668
  • 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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Pilot HIV Intervention for men who have sex with men

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  • Original Funded Period: April 2011 – March 2016
  • Award Number: K24DA031613
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $948,301
  • 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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Completed Projects

Community Needs Assessment for Chlamydial Screening among Young American Indian Women Living in the Pacific Northwest

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  • Original Funded Period: June 2014 – June 2015
  • Award Number: No award number
  • Funding Organizations: Institute of Translational Health Sciences
  • Lead Investigator: Julia Dombrowski, MD, MPH Cynthia Pearson, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $13,000
  • The goal of this study is to gather preliminary data to inform the development an intervention to increase chlamydial screening and treatment among AIAN women living on or near the reservation. The long-term goal of this work is to reduce the morbidity caused by chlamydia and decrease racial disparities in the burden of chlamydia among AIAN women.
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A Community Approach to Enhancing Adolescent Health among Rural American Indians

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  • Original Funded Period: June 2014 – June 2015
  • Award Number: R25 MH084674
  • Funding Organizations: National Institure of Mental Mealth
  • Lead Investigator: Cynthia Pearson, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $22,000
  • The goal of this one-year study is to assess community readiness and obtain preliminary data to inform the development of a sexual and mental health program for AIAN adolescents. Readiness is the degree to which a community has the capacity and is prepared to take action on an issue and consists of six dimensions that influence preparedness. Assessing the six community readiness dimensions helps communities identify needs and develop strategies to address adolescent sexual health and trauma-related mental health concerns. Study data will benefit tribal and rural communities and the mental health and STI/HIV prevention field for AIAN youth. If successful, findings from this exploratory study will facilitate a community and academic partnership to expand treatment capacity and enhance sexual and mental health among AIAN youth living in a rural tribal community.

Sacred Journey: Young Native Women’s Wellness Study

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  • Original Funded Period: January 2013 – December 2015
  • Award Number: P30AI027757
  • Funding Organizations: University of Washington Center for AIDS Research
  • Lead Investigator: Cynthia Pearson, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $74,500
  • This formative descriptive study provided information in the design of a strength-enhancing culturally-relevant intervention to strengthen protective factors and reduce risk for substance use, ongoing or new traumatic episodes, and HIV/STIs among Native women ages 15 – 35.
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CBPR with Tribal Colleges-Universities: Alcohol Problems-Solutions

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  • Original Funded Period: September 2009 – August 2013
  • Award Number: 5R01DA029001
  • Funding Organizations: Native American Research Centers for Health, Indian Health Services
  • Lead Investigator: Bonnie Duran, DrPH
  • Total Funded Amount : $600,661
  • 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.

Measurement of Major Stressful Events Over Life Courses

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  • Original Funded Period: February 2001 – January 2007
  • Funding Organizations: National Insitite of Mental Health
  • Award Number: R01MH059627
  • Lead Investigator: Bruce Dohrewend, PhD Co-I Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $2,419,530
  • The study addressed problems of conceptualization and measurement of major stressful events in order to develop reliable and valid measures of objective general and specific characteristics of major, stressful life events over the life course. Our role on this grant was to oversee the American Indian Vietnam Veterans rating and coding of life events.
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Caring for our Generations (CFOG)

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  • Original Funded Period: September 2009 -August 2013
  • Award Number: 5R01DA029000
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute of Drug Abuse
  • Lead Investigator: Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $456,372
  • This project explored maternal health behaviors, maternal substance use, risk factors for substance use during and after pregnancy, and protective factors that support healthy maternal behaviors. This study had five aims: 1) Conduct qualitative formative research with mothers aged 18-55, Native health providers, elder/traditional healers, and Native youth; 2) Conduct survey interviews with community members to establish baseline data related to maternal health outcomes, protective health behaviors, risk factors for substance use during and after pregnancy, and social support for mothers; 3) Develop a culturally-based intervention targeting adult AI mothers in the Northwest; 4) Translate and disseminate the findings to the tribe and prepare translational materials for community members and service providers; and 5) Expand research infrastructure at Lummi Tribal Health Clinic and increase research capacity in the tribal community.
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** Healthy Hearts Across Generations supplement: Diabetes and CVD risk Among American Indians in the Pacific Northwest

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  • Original Funded Period: September 2006 – June 2012
  • Award Number: U01HL87322-S1
  • Funding Organizations: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $452,817
  • The major goal of the proposed supplement is to focus substantively on the role of diabetes in CVD risk and work towards reducing diabetes among this high-risk population.

Capacity Building from the Inside Out: Adapting the CITI Ethics Certification Training Module “Assessing Risk and Benefits” for American Indian Community Researchers (RETI)

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  • Original Funded Period: October 2011 – August 2013
  • Award Number: R25DA03160802
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Lead Investigator: Cynthia Pearson, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $19,766
  • The overarching goal of the project is to strengthen research capacity and increase AIAN community involvement in NIH-funded research by developing and psychometrically validating a Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) training that is relevant, passable and accessible
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Health Survey of Two-Spirited Native Americans (The Honor Project)

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  • Original Funded Period: June 2002 – May 2007
  • Award Number: 5R01MH065871
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute of Mental Health
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $ 2,368,017
  • The Honor Project was a ground-breaking survey with six nationwide partners looking at the impact of historical trauma, discrimination and other stressors on the health and wellness of Native Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, transgender and Two-spirited men and women – a historically undeserved population. IWRI partnered with Native agencies to ground and contextualize the information gathered through the project. This process was truly a collaborative venture, involving community members at every step of the research process. Community driven research is just one of the many ways that IWRI respects indigenous knowledge, diversity and resiliency.
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** Caring for our Generations supplement: HIV/AIDS Supplement to Caring for our Generations

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  • Original Funded Period: September 2009 – August 2013
  • Award Number: R01DA029000-S1
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute of Drug Abuse
  • Lead Investigator: Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $82,284
  • This project is a supplement to the Caring for Our Generations Project and explores risk and protective factors related to HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C, and other STIs.

NARCH V – Research for Change: Cross-Site Multi-cultural Community-Based Participatory Research (RIH)

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  • Original Funded Period: September 2009- August 2013
  • Award Number: U26IHS30029
  • Funding Organizations: Native American Research Centers for Health, Indian Health Services
  • Lead Investigator: Bonnie Duran, DrPH
  • Total Funded Amount : $1,000,000
  • 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 is an in-depth investigation of promoters and barriers to Community Based Participatory Research with the goal of improving health status and promoting health equity.
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Urban American Indian Identity, Alcohol Use, and HIV Risk (Turtle Island Native Wellness Project)

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  • Original Funded Period: February 1999-July 2003
  • Award Number: R29AA12010
  • Funding Organizations: National Insitute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $375,365
  • The project tested a theoretically driven indigenist stress-coping model among 300 two-spirit American Indians via a structured survey; designed and tested the feasibility of various peer-driven sampling recruitment methodologies to produce a national representative sample; and conducted a qualitative study to identify major strengths and coping strategies in this population.
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Healthy Hearts Across Generations

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  • Original Funded Period: September 2006-June 2011
  • Award Number: U01HL87322
  • Funding Organizations: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $2,919,616
  • The major goals of the study were to (a) conduct a qualitative study to determine Native experiences with food, nutrition, exercise and barriers and facilitators to a CVD prevention program; (b) survey a stratified random sample of 375 adult American Indians from tribal rolls to establish preliminary CVD and CVD-risk prevalence; (c) design a culturally relevant CVD intervention and training materials; (d) conduct a randomized controlled trial of the intervention with 240 at-risk parents; and (e) disseminate findings and prepare translational materials.

** Health Survey of Two-Spirited Native Americans supplement: Trauma, Coping, and Health Outcomes Among HIV+ Native Americans

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  • Original Funded Period: 2003-2005
  • Award Number: RO1 MH065871
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute of Mental Health
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $2,228,585
  • This supplement explores trauma, stress, coping, and alcohol and other drug use among HIV-positive American Indians.

The Generations Project: Exploring Family Wellness and the Impact of Boarding Schools

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  • Original Funded Period: 2006-2007
  • Award Number: No award number
  • Funding Organizations: UW Institute for Wellness Research
  • Lead Investigator: Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount :
  • This was a pilot grant to support research exploring the impact of Indian boarding schools on Native parents in the Northwest.

Active Projects

Mahina Project: International Indigenous Health Research Training Program

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  • Original Funded Period: December 2013- November 2018
  • Award Number: 1T37MD008625
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $1,325,352
  • This international training program is designed to facilitate the development of a cadre of 32 indigenous undergraduate, graduate, and medical school students capable of and dedicated to entering into biomedical or behavioral science health research careers with Indigenous populations through an intensive international 12-week summer research training program consisting of: (a) a 2-week summer training institute at IWRI and University of Hawaii, followed by a 10-week research training program at the University of Auckland and associated community-based research settings and projects.
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Mentoring Diverse Scientists in HIV Research on Substance Abuse and Mental Health

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  • Original Funded Period: April 2011-March 2016
  • Award Number: 5K24DA031613
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $948,301
  • This award will assist in increasing the availability of a diverse group of researchers successfully researching behavioral aspects of HIV, which is crucial to combating this global pandemic that disproportionately hits marginalized communities and communities of color, particularly among Native Americans, African Americans, and Latinos/Hispanics. This award will also assist in the career development of a UREM mid-career investigator who aims to develop an online interactive HIV prevention program for American Indian and Alaska Natives to assist them with increasing healthy behaviors and decreasing HIV-related risk behaviors. An internet intervention for this population is ideal given that they tend to live in rural locations where access to HIV preventive interventions is limited.

IHART2: Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Program, Lauhoe

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  • Original Funding Period: July 2015– June 2020
  • Award Number: 2R25MH084565-06
  • Funding Organization: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) NIMH RESEARCH EDUCATION MENTORING PROGRAMS FOR HIV/AIDS RESEARCHERS (R25)
  • Lead InvestigatorKarina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount: $1,295,993
  • This project is designed to develop the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training (IHART) program to train a cadre of NIMH-funded junior and mid-career research scientists in the area of HIV/AIDS and mental health prevention.
  • More information on the Research Core website

Native Youth Education Program – Phase 2

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  • Original Funded Period: July 2013 – August 2015
  • Award Number: No award number
  • Funding Organizations: The Gates Foundation
  • Lead Investigator: Polly Olsen, BA
  • Total Funded Amount : $50,000
  • NYEP is an innovative, culturally-based two to four week summer program offered through IWRI at the University of Washington, offering hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning experiences both on and off the University of Washington campus targeting 6th through 8th grade NA youth from Washington State.

Completed Projects

Native Youth Education Program (NYEP) for STEM Career Pathways

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  • Original Funded Period: September 2010 – February 2012
  • Award Number: 1RC1M0004387
  • Funding Organizations: National Institutes of Health, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • Lead Investigator: Polly Olsen, BA
  • Total Funded Amount : $986,116
  • This project is an an innovative, culturally-based 4-week summer intensive STEM career path program with monthly booster sessions targeting 120 7th through 10th grade AIAN youth attending three Pacific Northwest school districts’ Indian Education programs as well as one tribal school.

Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training (IHART) program

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  • Original Funded Period: July 2009 – June 2014
  • Award Number: R25MH084565
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute of Mental Health
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $1,298,605
  • The project is designed to develop the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training (IHART) program to train a cadre of NIMH-funded junior, mid, and senior career research scientists in the area of HIV/AIDS and mental health prevention through an intensive 27-month mentorship program comprising a 2-day winter roundtable; a 2-week summer training institute; year-round multidisciplinary learning opportunities via seminar series, virtual workshops, and presentations; seed funding ($20,000) for pilot projects; as well as statistical, administrative, editorial, and technical assistance for developing grant applications.
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Northwest Indian Child Welfare Social Work Partnerships: Building on Strengths

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  • Original Funded Period: 2003- 2009
  • Award Number: No award number
  • Funding Organizations: Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families
  • Lead Investigator: Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount :
  • This tri-state grant supported training and research around the recruitment and retention of Native social work students interested in careers in Indian child welfare. Each year 11
    Native social work students were awarded traineeships through the project.

Indigenous Substance Abuse, Medicines, and Health Research Training (ISMART)

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  • Original Funded Period: September 2012 – September 2013
  • Award Number: HHSN271201200663P
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute of Drug Abuse
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $65,000
  • ISMART wa a mentorship program that allows scholars of indigenous backgrounds to research in the areas of substance abuse, medicines and addictions within their indigenous communities.

Growing Our Own Students and Faculty

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  • Original Funded Period: September 2009-August 2013
  • Award Number: U26IHS300291
  • Funding Organizations: Native American Research Centers for Health, Indian Health Services
  • Lead Investigator: Tessa Evans-Campbell, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $181,564
  • This was an innovative NARCH-funded (IHS/NIH) training program that addresses the isolation experienced by many tribal faculty, staff, and students as they seek higher education and professional careers, and ties the educational process to development of research partnerships aimed at addressing health disparities.

Making suicide everyone’s business: A Native American community approach (MSEB)

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  • Original Funded Period: August 2012 – July 2015
  • Award Number: 1U798M060441-01
  • Funding Organizations: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Lead Investigator: Colville tribe Sub-PI Cynthia Pearson, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $150,000
  • Using Evidence Based Practices and Best Practices, this study incorporates a universal approach to reducing the rate and risk of suicide and interrelated social problems by using inherent cultural assets in order to strengthen and balance our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual lives.
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Native Youth Education Program (NYEP) for STEM Career Pathways

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  • Original Funded Period: September 2010 – February 2012
  • Award Number: 1RC1M0004387
  • Funding Organizations: National Institutes of Health, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • Lead Investigator: Polly Olsen, BA
  • Total Funded Amount : $ 986116.00
  • This project is an an innovative, culturally-based 4-week summer intensive STEM career path program with monthly booster sessions targeting 120 7th through 10th grade AIAN youth attending three Pacific Northwest school districts’ Indian Education programs as well as one tribal school.
  • More information on the Research Core website 
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Active Projects

The University of Washington Native Research Group NRG

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  • IWRI houses the UW Native Research Group (NRG), a community of investigators who participate in research with Indigenous communities. NRG aims to share knowledge, expertise, and scholarship regarding work with indigenous communities, to promote collaboration and to increase Indigenous community research capacity. NRG also works within University systems to decrease research burden on tribal communities and to spark interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. NRG works for the protection of human subjects and the ethical conduct of research with tribal communities.

Completed Projects

Colville Tribes Youth Diversion Evaluation

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  • Original Funded Period: January 2014-August 2014
  • Award Number: sub-contract from Colville Tribes
  • Funding Organizations: Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice grant to Confederation of Colville Tribes
  • Lead Investigator: Maya Magarati, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $15,000
  • This was an evaluation of a tribally-administered youth diversion program

International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development (INIHKD) Conference 2010: Indiginous Medicines, Health Knowledge and Best Practices

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  • Original Funded Period: May 2010 – April 2011
  • Award Number: 1R13HL102944
  • Funding Organizations: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $35,000
  • In 2004, the NIH and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) signed a joint cooperative agreement to strengthen health research collaboration on indigenous health issues. Additionally, a similar tripartite agreement was created among New Zealand, Canada and Australia. The biennial INIHKD conference brings together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners dedicated to building health research knowledge and reducing health disparities among indigenous global communities

Vision to Action: Achieving Health Equity in Indian Country

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  • Original Funded Period: July 2013 – June 2015
  • Award Number: 1R13MD008585
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Lead Investigator: Bonnie Duran, DrPH
  • Total Funded Amount : $43,889
  • The specific aims are to: (1) Engage tribal and native community partners and researchers in planning and identification of research opportunities to ameliorate behaviorally- and socially-based negative health conditions; (2) Build capacity in health disparities research through a series of workshop discussions/trainings about the latest advances in indigenous and Western research methods, policies, processes, and approaches; (3) Create, compile and disseminate partnership tools and measures. This conference’s premise is that a culturally tailored dialogue will aid AIAN stakeholders in identifying the most pressing health disparities in their communities, the most valuable ways of communicating and working together with research partners, and the ways in which AIAN tribes and communities want to be involved in health research.

Active Projects

NIMHD Comprehensive Centers of Excellence (P60)

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  • Original Funded Period: August 2012 – February 2017
  • Award Number: 1P60MD006909
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount: $6,208,673
  • This infrastructure development grant is designed to develop the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington as a National Comprehensive Center of Excellence devoted to AIAN health and health disparities research and to develop a cadre of NIH-funded AIAN behavioral scientists.

Developing a Computer-Based Intervention to Prevent HIV among Native American MSM

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  • Original Funded Period: March 2015 – February 2017
  • Award Number: P60MD006909
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount: $ 463500.00
  • The project will develop an online HIV preventive intervention for substance-using Native American MSM. Incorporating a social networking peer component, it will be designed to 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.
  • More information on the Research Core website 

Completed Projects

Community Needs Assessment for Chlamydial Screening among Young American Indian Women Living in the Pacific Northwest

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  • Original Funded Period: June 2014 – June 2015
  • Award Number: No award number
  • Funding Organizations: Institute of Translational Health Sciences
  • Lead Investigator: Julia Dombrowski, MD, MPH Cynthia Pearson, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $ 13000.00
  • The goal of this study is to gather preliminary data to inform the development an intervention to increase chlamydial screening and treatment among AIAN women living on or near the reservation. The long-term goal of this work is to reduce the morbidity caused by chlamydia and decrease racial disparities in the burden of chlamydia among AIAN women.
  • More information on the Research Core website 

Healthy Hearts 2–P60 project

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  • Original Funded Period: August 2012 – February 2015
  • Award Number: 5P60MD006909
  • Funding Organizations: National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Lead Investigator: Karina Walters, PhD
  • Total Funded Amount : $ 862044.00
  • To improve the cardiovascular health of Northwest American Indians, new health programs might help community members protect themselves against diabetes, obesity, tobacco use, and depression. The Healthy Hearts, Healthy Minds research study is developing a culturally-adapted counseling program to address depression symptoms in AIs who are pre-diabetic or have diabetes. The goals of this study are to improve symptoms of depression which may be a barrier to taking care of one’s diabetes properly, where improperly treated diabetes can lead to cardiovascular-related health problems. Researchers will see how the program affects self-treatment for diabetes, food and exercise habits, symptoms of depression, weight, blood pressure, and blood test results like cholesterol and blood sugar.
  • More information on the Research Core website 

 

External dataset of interest:

ICPSR: Drug Use Among Young American Indians

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