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Past Research

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CBPR Project: Research for Improved Health

NARCH Research Partnership “Research for Improved Health (RIH): A National Study of Community-Academic Partnerships” (U26IHS300009) funded through the Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH V), National Institutes for Health (NIH) & Indian Health Service (2009-2013). This project was an in-depth investigation of promoters and barriers to Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in American Indian/Alaska...

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

This was a pilot grant to support research exploring the impact of Indian boarding schools on Native parents in the Northwest.

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

This supplement explores trauma, stress, coping, and alcohol and other drug use among HIV-positive American Indians.

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Healthy Hearts Across Generations

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...

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Urban American Indian Identity, Alcohol Use, and HIV Risk

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

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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Caring for our Generations supplement: HIV/AIDS Supplement to Caring for our Generations

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.

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Health Survey of Two-Spirited Native Americans

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