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Announcing Research for Indigenous Community Health Center (RICH) at the University of Minnesota

Michelle Johnson-Jennings, PhD and Melissa L. Walls, PhD, both IHART Fellows, announce the RICH Center, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the School of Medicine and College of Pharmacy focused on building alliances between researchers and tribal communities for research.

The Research for Indigenous Community Health Center aims to provide an intercollegiate center for research collaborations with Indigenous entities. The Center further aims to foster scholarly works that will identify health barriers and protective factors to increase health and healthcare equity for Indigenous people.

Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training program named in White House Blog

The Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training program was featured in a March 2010 White House Blog entry written just before the fourth annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The entry, “Together We Must Face the Challenge of HIV/AIDS in Native American Communities,” was posted by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.

The IHART program was described as an important component in the effort to increase American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) access to HIV testing and comprehensive health services. Training and nurturing the grant-making skills of tribal, community, and university-based scholars in the areas of HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted infections, and mental health will help to lower barriers keeping American Indians and Alaska Natives from seeking care and treatment. The entry notes that “increasing the ranks of AI/AN and UREM scientists conducting culturally grounded research will generate information that can guide effective future prevention and intervention programs.”

To read the blog entry, click here >