Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research
Welcome to the page for the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research (CHOPR - pronounced "chopper") Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).
In 2017, CHOPR received a COBRE grant from the National Institutes of Health (P20 GM121341). The purpose of CHOPR is to facilitate the development of American Indian (AI) and rural health research in South Dakota. The COBRE mechanism is designed to assist investigators move to independent research careers and allow for the recruitment of new faculty. Given the level of health disparities in our region, particularly amongst the AI population, coupled with the remote nature of our rural communities, a mechanism for development of junior investigators and provision of core resources will greatly facilitate development of community and population health research. A focus on the mentorship of junior investigators vested in issues specific to rural and AI health leads to greater stability, sustainability, and growth of regional research infrastructure. This COBRE grant allows for the expansion of CHOPR, as well as building upon the history of the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) in promoting high quality community-based research in our region.
The overall aims of CHOPR are:
- Aim 1: Build a community and population health research center with a focus on AI and rural populations.
- Aim 2: Expand existing and establish new core services to enhance AI and rural population health research.
- Aim 3: Strengthen the pipeline of researchers, particularly AI investigators, through the pipeline from undergraduate studies through post-graduate work.
CHOPR is comprised of three cores and three research projects. Click on the links below to learn more about each component.
- Interim PI - Paul Thompson, PhD
- Core Director - Jessica Hanson, PhD
- Co-Core Director - Jing Zhao, PhD
- Core Director - Michaela Seiber, MPH
- Project Lead - Emily Griese, PhD
- Project Lead - Jessica Hanson, PhD
- Project Lead - DenYelle Kenyon, PhD