Projects & Programs



Healthy Hearts Across Generations supplement: Diabetes and CVD risk Among American Indians in the Pacific Northwest

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.

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Caring for our Generations

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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Measurement of Major Stressful Events Over Life Courses

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. More...

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CBPR with Tribal Colleges-Universities: Alcohol Problems-Solutions More Info

This research project conducted 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.

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A Community Approach to Enhancing Adolescent Health among Rural American Indians

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...

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

The project initiated the development of an online HIV preventive intervention for substance-using Native American MSM. Incorporating a social networking peer component, it was 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...

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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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Sacred Journey 1: Young Native Women’s Wellness Study

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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