The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health
The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) was formed in September 2012 upon receipt of a grant from the National Institute for Minority Health and Health disparities and is based at Sanford Research, Sioux Falls, SD . This five-year grant creates a platform that brings together Tribal communities and health researchers, from multiple disciplines, to work in the development of cutting-edge transdisciplinary research to address the significant health disparities experienced by American Indians in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.
CRCAIH is a collaborative center that embraces a “social determinates of health” theme and serves to advance transdisciplinary research through three research projects in pediatric asthma self-managements, kidney transplant donation education, and emergency room utilization, as well as an annual pilot grant program that has now funded 10 projects. CRCAIH services to engage communities in the research process and works to help Tribal Nations establish and enhance their own research infrastructures. There are core resources in research, culture/bioethics, regulation and methodology that assist Tribal Nations, researchers and other service agencies.
CRCAIH-supported studies will serve as models and demonstrations of the high-quality research that is possible through the partnership. CRCAIH was created through the vision and collective expertise of numerous partners. Collaborators on the grant include: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Oglala Sioux Tribe (Pine Ridge), Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology, Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board, Children’s Health Board, Children’s Hospitals ad Clinics of Minnesota Medicine Wheel Inc., Missouri Breaks Industries Research, North Dakota State University, Rapid City Regional, Sanford Health, South Dakota State University, Turtle Mountain Community College, University of North Dakota, University of South Dakota, and KAT Communications.