Research

Current External Sources

Principal Investigator
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

+Seeds of Native Health RICH FOOD Wise Practice Database Project
11/01/2015-11/13/2017
Purpose: The purpose is to identify and establish wise practices on healthy eating and wellbeing across Indian Country while working in partnership with Tribal communities. This information will be disseminated through an online interactive database in partnership with the School of Public Health.

Co-Investigator/ Subaward PI
National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse 1R01DA035143-01A1

^Intertribal Talking Circle for the Prevention of Substance Abuse among Native Youth
05/01/2014 – 05/31/2019
Purpose: The purpose of this randomized control trial is to inter-tribally test an empirically supported talking circle intervention among American Indian youth at three remote tribal school locations in the U.S.

Co-Principal Investigator
National Institutes of Health 1RO1DA037176-01

+Yappalli: Choctaw Road to Health
07/01/2014-05/31/2019
Purpose: The purpose of this CBPR, RCT is to develop and evaluate a Choctaw specific health intervention seeking to reduce food and substance addiction risks among Choctaw adult women through a health promotion framework.

Principal Investigator
Greater New Orleans Foundation, co-sponsored by University of Minnesota and University of Washington

+Returning to Our Roots…Houma Tribal Health and Wellness
08/01/2015-09/01/2016
Purpose: The purpose is to develop a Houma tribal specific health framework in order to design future health interventions to prevent obesity and substance use among Houma women.

Principal Investigator
National Institute of Health L16 Career Award NOT-OD-10-105

+Tribal Health and Wellness: Using culturally-adapted, empirically supported treatment to reduce health disparities related to addiction
8/1/2012-7/31/2014
Purpose: The purpose is to develop a Houma tribal specific health intervention as guided by collected qualitative research and determine if this lowers risk of obesity and substance use.

Consultant, National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse
Indigenous HIV/AIDS Training Research Fellow Program
Scientific Advisory Board Member
06/01/2013-05/31/2018

+ = community-based participatory research (CBPR) project or subproject of a CBPR project
^ = Community engaged project

Past External Sources

Co-Principal Investigator
Notah Begaye III Foundation National Initiative

+Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures
01/01/2015 – 12/30/15
Purpose: This grant sought to increase American Indian kids and family health through supporting the establishment of a Pow wow health fair.

Co-Principal Investigator
Notah Begaye Foundation, Little Earth of United Tribes

+Little Earth Strong
08/01/2014-07/31/2015
Purpose: This project sought to evaluate and held community focus groups at Little Earth of United Tribes.

Co-Principal Investigator
NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) 1P30DK092950


+Reducing Obesity in Tribal Community: Identifying Needs through PhotoVoice
09/01/2013 – 08/31/2015
Purpose: The purpose of this project was to identify risk and protective factors for increasing exercise and healthy nutrition among Indigenous women through use of PhotoVoice in partnership with community partners.

Co-Investigator
NIH, NIDA   R01 DA034466 03

American Indians, Substance Use, And HIV risk behaviors: Secondary data analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (R01)
Assisted in proposal development and writing while a postdoctoral student
06/01/2013 – 05/31/2018
Purpose: This project sought to identify risk and protective factors among American Indian youth.


Principal Investigator (Post-doctoral Research)
National Institute of Health 5R25MH084565-03

Indigenous HIV/AIDS Training Research Fellow Pilot study
The Relationship between racial discrimination, pain, and smoking among Two-Spirit populations: Secondary data analysis of the HONOR project
12/1/2010-11/31/2013
Purpose: This project sought to determine the overlap between daily stressors (i.e., racial discrimination) and pain and smoking through secondary data analysis.


Principal Investigator (Post-doctoral Research)
National Institute of Health 5P20RR016455-11

Idea Network Biomedical Research Excellence
^Risk and protective factors for American Indian Substance use
7/1/2010-6/23/2011
Purpose: This project sought to identify risk and protective for substance use among American Indian youth.

Principal Investigator
National Institute of Health L16 Career Award NOT-OD-10-105

American Indian cultural health beliefs for prescription medications, chronic pain, and provider health interventions
8/1/2012-7/31/2014
Purpose: Through partnering with tribal health professionals, this project sought to determine cultural health beliefs for prescription medications and how these relate to chronic pain and provider interventions.

University of Minnesota Sources


Principal Investigator
CTSI Community Engagement Grant

Little Earth Strong: Diabetes Prevention for American Indian Youth & Families
07/01/2015-12/30/2016
Purpose: Little Earth Strong will examine the efficacy of providing fitness opportunities and nutrition education while re-contextualizing health behaviors in terms of cultural values and the re-awakening of traditional lifeways. Functionally, the program will run for 18 months and be made up of three components: daily fitness activities and health coaching, monthly Progress Pow Wows (community Pow Wows combined with a health fair), and a 10-week Indigenous youth health leadership curriculum.

Principal Investigator
Institute for Advanced Study

Purpose:Interdisciplinary researchers in fields ranging from Health to Social Work Family Studies to Game Studies to American Indian Studies will meet weekly at the University of Minnesota’s Research for Indigenous Community Health Center in Duluth to share their research as well as collaboratively develop, implement and publish research.


Co-Principal Investigator
Multicultural Award Diversity

American Indian Housing Community Organization Garden Project
Purpose: This project seeks to deliver a garden based health intervention among an urban American Indian housing community.