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Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education

Our mission is to optimize alcohol  intervention research for public health in general and our Native community partners in particular. We accomplish this goal by collaboratively engaging with Research Project teams and the Pilot Projects to conduct research that yields high-quality data while simultaneously meeting the unique needs of our partners.

Native Choices


Changing High-risk Alcohol Use and Increasing Contraception Effectiveness Study South Dakota

  • Implement a culturally adapted intervention with American Indian women of reproductive age to reduce their risk for an alcohol-exposed pregnancy
  • Provide health education and counseling focused on choices about drinking and contraceptive use
  • Send electronic messages to support participants in making healthy choices regarding alcohol and contraceptive use

Karen Little Wounded, Project Coordinator
Kyra Oziel, Research Coordinator
Kory Hardcastle, RSA
Charles Sawyer, RSA
Gary Ferguson

Harm Reduction Talking Circles


Harm Reduction Talking Circles
Seattle Indian Health Board Washington             

  • Conduct interviews and focus groups with American Indians and Alaska Native people in Seattle to discuss alcohol misuse and the possibility of implementing talking circles as a treatment modality for alcohol-related problems
  • Develop a treatment manual for clinicians and administrators on implementing and facilitating a culturally appropriate intervention: Harm Reduction Talking Circles
  • Implement the intervention with Native community members in Seattle and assess its effectiveness for reducing the harms associated with alcohol consumption

Xia Duffing Romero, Research Coordinator

Transition to Recovery


Transition to Recovery
Fairbanks Native Association Alaska

  • Support a successful transition from inpatient detoxification to substance abuse treatment
  • Provide participants a Patient Navigator who will assist with reducing barriers related to entering substance abuse treatment immediately following detoxification
  • Provide patient navigation services that last 30 days post-discharge from detoxification or until substance abuse treatment entry
  • Identify best practices related to transitioning detoxification patients to substance abuse treatment

Erin Poole, Coordinator


The NCARE logo acknowledges the heritage of our communities and Community Advisory Board members participating in our projects based in Alaska, South Dakota, and Washington. Many Alaska Native and Plains tribes consider the wolf, in the center of the logo, a medicine being that is associated with courage, strength, loyalty, and success. The logo’s red, black, yellow, and white stars represent the Four Directions, acknowledging the ancestry of our Community Advisory Board members from Plains tribes. The logo’s background colors represent the Aurora Borealis as well as the night sky, which symbolizes looking to one’s ancestors for guidance.

This research is supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism under Award Number P60AA026112

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