Greetings. It’s the start of another cold South Dakota week. This winter is already starting to drag and it’s only the 3rd week in January. These past couple of weeks, we’ve had numerous discussions circling around how we should define success. What does success look like? How will we know it when it happens?
It seems all too often that success is measured in dollars and cents, rather than more lasting products and health change. Other times, success is defined as a truly revolutionary change that may take a lifetime (or multiple lifetimes) to achieve. How do you find the middle ground that is still meaningful and more than just obtainment and provision of resources?
What if, by the end of this CRCAIH project period (July 2017), each of the participating tribes had established their own infrastructures that are able to be sustained through tribally initiated research, as well as collaborative partnerships? This infrastructure would ideally include the regulatory processes for obtaining the necessary approvals for research and personnel with expertise to design and carry out research projects. With that infrastructure in place, I predict that we would see a dramatic increase in quality community-driven, community-based health research. What are other ways that CRCAIH can be considered a success?
While getting funding in this day-and-age is difficult, I truly believe that it is much more challenging to do something that makes a true difference with the resources you’re given. Let’s continue to challenge each other to make that true difference.