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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. We are reviewing the data from the more than 1,000 surveys our team collected at the events and hope to publish results soon. Our team has also presented information about Alzheimer’s disease at 15 tribal clinics in Washington. We hope to visit the remaining clinics throughout 2019. Project lead and P4NH staff scientist Meghan Jernigan has been invited to attend the Kalispel Tribe’s 2019 “Warriors Dance Against Diabetes” in Cusick, WA, on Saturday, March 30. Ms. Jernigan will be staffing a table at the event and will show a short film about the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a Native family

Upcoming Webinar: Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancy Prevention in American Indian Communities: A New Randomized Controlled Trial of a Preconceptual Approach

Join us Monday, May 13th, 2019, 12PM-1PM PDT for the next webinar in the Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education (NCARE) Series, Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancy Prevention in American Indian Communities: A New Randomized Controlled Trial of a Preconceptual Approach with Drs. Michelle Sarche and Jessica Hanson.

This presentation will explain the importance of a preconceptual approach to alcohol-exposed pregnancy prevention, detailing efforts to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancy in American Indian communities in particular. It will illustrate how these efforts have informed the design and implementation of a new randomized controlled trial of Native-Changing High-risk Alcohol Use and Increasing Contraception Effectiveness Study (Native CHOICES) (an adaptation of CHOICES) with one Northern Plains American Indian community.

This webinar is free but registration is required.

Please register here.


Engaging Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders And Activating Communities To Take Steps (ENACTS) Webinar and Presentation Available

In this webinar, Dr. Ka’imi Sinclair discussed the project, “Engaging Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders and Activating Communities to Take Steps (ENACTS).” The event was live on Wednesday, April 2, 2019 and was presented as part of the Native-Controlling Hypertension And Risk Through Technology (Native-CHART) Webinar Series.


Click here to view and download the webinar slides


Recordings of previous webinars can be found here.

Native Children’s Research Exchange (NCRE) 2019

The Native Children’s Research Exchange (NCRE) 2019 conference will be held on September 12th and 13th with an opening reception on Wednesday September 11th.

Visit the NCRE conference website to:

Upcoming NCARE Webinar: Contingency Management as a Tool for Alcohol Use Disorders among American Indian and Alaska Native People

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Join us on February 19th, 12 – 1pm PST for our next webinar in the NCARE Series.

Although American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities have some of the highest alcohol abstinence prevalence rates compared to the general U.S. population, alcohol-related health inequities disproportionately impact AI/AN communities. Despite the need for evidence-based treatment options, little is known about effective alcohol treatments for AI/AN people. In this webinar we will discuss contingency management as a treatment for alcohol use disorders. Contingency management (CM) is an intervention in which tangible reinforcers (rewards) are provided when a patient demonstrates abstinence assessed by urine drug tests. Two projects evaluating CM as a tool for intervening in alcohol use disorders among AI/AN people are currently ongoing. The CM intervention has been implemented in alignment with existing cultural and community practices and with Elders and community leaders as champions of the intervention. The CM intervention provides rewards that are culturally tailored, specific and practical.

This webinar is free, but registration is required.

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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


Community Outreach Summer 2018

This summer, we expanded our community outreach efforts by attending national as well as regional pow wows. We were honored to participate in the Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; the Seafair Powwow in Seattle, Washington; and the Gathering at the Falls Powwow in Spokane, Washington.

Across these events, we administered more than 400 needs assessments to find out which health topics matter most to our communities.

We look forward to further broadening our reach and learning more about American Indian and Alaska Native communities across the country.

Savannah Smith Nominated for Local Impact Award

We want to send a hearty congratulations to Savannah Smith at the University of Colorado Denver’s Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health! Savannah’ was nominated for a Local Impact Award at the Annual Heroes in Health Awards Gala sponsored by the National Indian Health Board on September 19 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Savannah was nominated for her exceptional work in coordinating the 2018 run for the Stronghold Fun Run and Hypertension Symposium held this past June in Denver, Colorado. Savannah’s work supported several wonderful speakers, encouraged fitness and fun for over 150 community members, gathered 70 assessments, and raised over $2500 for the event’s nonprofit partner, the Stronghold Society.

Savannah is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and has always been interested in working with Native communities. Her commitment to public health was inspired by an introductory course in this field during her undergraduate studies at Mills College in California. After finishing her studies, she moved back home to Colorado and began volunteering with the Diabetes and Wellness program at Denver Indian Health and Family Services. She then accepted a job with the University of Colorado’s Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, where she has worked for the past two years. So far in her career, Savannah has encountered a critical need for Native researchers, clinicians, and health promoters. As she says,

“We need more researchers to really connect with and have experience working with Native communities so that the relationships, the research, and the health outcomes are better aligned with those communities.”

We are very proud of Savannah, and we look forward to seeing more of her amazing work with our Native communities!

Research Roundup

Partnerships for Native Health’s Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education (NCARE) and Dr. Ka’imi Sinclair’s
“Strong Men, Strong Communities” Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program were featured in a recent Research Roundup. Check out the article here!