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Partnerships for Native Health Washington State University

Project Update: Strong Heart Stroke Study 2

The Strong Heart Stroke Study 2 (SHSS2), or Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center-Satellite Core Expansion: Cerebrovascular Disease and its Consequences in American Indians (ADRC – SCE: CDCAI), is entering its last year of participant recruitment and data collection. We have recruited 340 participants and expect to recruit at least 50 more participants by July or August 2019. Once this stage is finished, the team will complete data entry, data cleaning, and data management using statistical analytic software and/or programming tools, STATA and/or R. The team hopes the study will increase knowledge of Alzheimer’s warning signs and link American Indian elders with needed services.

Caring Contacts: A Strength-Based Suicide Prevention Trial In 4 Native Communities Project Update

Phase 2 of the Caring Contacts study is now underway, and all sites are actively enrolling participants. In Phase 2, we have applied the cultural adaptation feedback gathered in Phase 1 and are conducting a randomized, controlled clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of the culturally tailored Caring Contacts intervention. With the cultural adaptation of the study intervention, one of our aims is to increase social connectedness with study participants, with the goal of decreasing suicidal ideation and attempts.

Research Center Update: NAD-RCMAR

NAD-RCMAR funds social and behavioral pilot studies that advance the field through its Research Education Program, a career development program that provides early- to mid-career investigators the skills and mentorship to better advance Alzheimer’s disease research. » More ...

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Update

The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s Outreach, Recruitment, and Education Core (ADRC ORE) participated in two major events in 2018: the 39th Annual Yakama Elders Luncheon held in Toppenish, WA, in May, and the National Indian Council on Aging’s biennial elder’s conference held in Temecula, CA, in September. » More ...

Project Update: Rhythm And Timing Exercises

The Rhythm and Timing Exercises for Cerebrovascular Disease in Older American Indians study is in its final project year. The study has about 75% of its required research cohort, and recruitment should finish this year. In April, Principal Investigator Lonnie Nelson and Research Coordinator Trevor Slaney will visit one of the research sites to discuss the importance of research in collaboration with Native communities and explain how the study engages the community.

Partnerships for Native Health Founding Director Receives 2019 Faculty Women of Distinction Award

Dedra Buchwald, M.D., Professor of Medicine in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University and Director of the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health, has received the 2019 Faculty Woman of Distinction Award. Dr. Buchwald will accept the award in March during National Women’s History Month.

The annual Washington State University Women of Distinction Awards celebrate “the achievements and contributions of women to the academic and local community, and to our society.”



March 14th: World Kidney Day

Unmanaged diabetes and hypertension can lead to chronic kidney disease. March 14th is World Kidney Day and this year’s theme is Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere! Check out this social media toolkit from World Kidney Day that provides information about World Kidney Day and how to promote #worldkidneyday online. Additional resources can be found here.








Psychiatry and Addictions Case Conference Series

Partnership for Native Health’s research center, the Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education (NCARE) and University of Washington Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Integrated Care Training Program are pleased to offer free weekly case conference sessions for behavioral health practitioners.

UW Psychiatry and Addictions Case Conference series (UW PACC-ECHO) is a CME-accredited* program for providers who want to improve the mental health and addictions care for their patients.

The free weekly sessions are held every Thursday from 12:00pm-1:30pm PST via Zoom conference or telephone. You can register for the series here.

*CME credits currently not available in Alaska


Native-CHART Webinar Series: The Effects of Racism on Hypertension in Native Hawaiians

Join us on October 1st at 12pm PST for the second webinar in our Native-CHART Webinar Series. 

This presentation will provide a brief sociohistorical overview of Native Hawaiians and detail their social and cultural determinants of health. Dr. Kaholokula will review several empirical studies that elucidate the adverse effects of racism on hypertension risk and other related conditions, including psychophysiological processes.

He will discuss the pathways by which racism leads to the development of chronic diseases among Native Hawaiians and present preliminary findings on an intervention that is culturally grounded in hula, the traditional dance of Hawai’i, to improve hypertension management.

Dr. Kaholokula’s presentation will illustrate the importance of culturally grounded interventions for improving clinical and sociocultural outcomes among Indigenous peoples.

To register for this webinar, click here