Greetings! It’s hard to believe that CRCAIH has been established for a little more than a year now. So many wonderful things have been developed and new relationships formed. The past year has provided opportunities to engage in fascinating and thought-provoking discussions on American Indian health research – what works, what doesn’t work, and what could work better. These conversations sometimes lead to larger cultural, scientific, and professional development topics that set the stage for the later success and failure of projects. This blog is an attempt to bring you more into the current topics being discussed and offers me the chance to plant seeds for further discussion. I’m hoping you’ll find this as a window of sorts into the successes, challenges, and sometimes random thoughts we grapple with on a regular basis. I’m aiming for this blog to be more than just a progress report and will bring up issues that may be poignant or controversial. You may, or may not agree with my point of view (disclaimer alert: the opinions expressed in no way reflect the views of our institution, your institution, funders, or my neighbors). However, I hope they will always be thought-provoking. All the points mentioned will have the intent ion to promote and improve the quality of transdisciplinary research in our region to improve American Indian health.
In order to pique your interest, here is a list of the next few blog postings:
- Why are there road blocks to progress when everyone has good intentions?
- Importance of productivity, “we’re all busy” - how to still get things done when you’re pulled in a million directions?
- What does CBPR really mean and when doesn’t it work well?
- Do I need to get an MD, MPH, MBA, and 2 more Ph.D.’s to be effective in improving health outcomes?
- How does real change happen?
- Professionalism – you are the product you put out for the world to see
Any other topic recommendations or feedback will be greatly appreciated. I’m looking forward to you joining our conversations.