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SCIENTIFIC MENTOR NETWORK

The Scientific Mentor Network (SMN) mentors are experienced, senior scientists with extensive mentorship experience in American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) and underrepresented ethnic minority communities. Members of the SMN are on stand-by to be matched as mentors to IHART fellows and may participate in the winter roundtable or summer institute. Additionally, all have methodological or theoretical expertise relevant to AIAN communities and all have experience in developing culturally relevant prevention and intervention research with UREM or AIAN communities.

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SCIENTIFIC AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

The Scientific and Community Leadership Council (SCLC) guides the scientific and cultural curriculum, sets an intellectual standard, and creates a reciprocal learning culture for the IHART program. Members of the SCLC meet twice per year (once in person and once via teleconference) to review the overall IHART program, not only in relation to scientific and training activities, but also in relation to advancing knowledge that is culturally relevant and accessible to communities, public policy makers and governmental officials. The SCLC also makes recommendations to the Administrative Core regarding program activities.

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NATIVE COMMUNITY ADVISORY EXPERT PANEL

Members of the Native Community Advisory Expert Panel (NCAEP) review the overall IHART curriculum in relation to advancing knowledge that is culturally relevant and accessible to communities and tribes. The NCAEP makes recommendations regarding the program’s cultural mentorship activities and training curricula and ensures that the IHART program remains responsive to pressing Native community needs. The NCAEP provides cultural leadership, mentorship, and guidance on the research training curriculum and IHART cultural mentorship protocols; identifies tribally and community-based topics for research in partnership with tribes and Native communities; provides feedback on developing tribally-based research protocols for inclusion in IHART trainings; and provides general feedback on IHART protocols and procedures. Additionally, when desired, they may provide cultural mentorship or consultation to trainees.

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