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Partnerships for Native Health Washington State University


Conference Update

We are happy to announce that we are hosting a small conference for Native teens this February 15th (Seattle Public Schools Winter Break).  This will also be our final comic book site and we are hoping to have around 20 teens.

A Targeted Approach to Increasing American Indian Kidney Donation

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A Targeted Approach to Increasing American Indian Kidney Donation 

End-stage kidney disease is a major public health concern for American Indian populations. It is 3.5 times more common among American Indians than among Whites, and it results overwhelmingly from an excess of type 2 diabetes. In treating end-stage kidney disease, transplantation is associated with better quality of life, lower health care costs, and longer life expectancy than is long-term dialysis. Even so, compared to Whites, American Indians experience significant delays in transplantation and remain on transplant waiting lists for longer periods of time. As rates of kidney disease continue to rise, the importance of raising awareness of organ donation becomes increasingly critical.

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The Strong Heart Stroke Study


The Strong Heart Stroke Study 

In 1988, NHLBI funded the Strong Heart Study: the largest epidemiologic study of American Indians ever undertaken. Its goal was to examine the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in American Indians. This research continues today with studies of the families of the original participants. A recent analysis estimated that the overall incidence of stroke in American Indians is more than double that of the general U.S. population. This finding indicates that cerebrovascular disease, a precursor of stroke, is a public health problem of staggering significance for American Indians. We propose to build on the work of the original Strong Heart Study, which has already collected substantial data relevant to cerebrovascular disease, by conducting the Strong Heart Stroke Study. Our work takes advantage of an important and timely opportunity to study cerebrovascular disease and stroke, with the goal of learning how to prevent and treat these conditions in American Indians. No previous research has specifically addressed these concerns.

Visit the SHSS Publications & Presentations Committee website to learn about our proposal review process, see our index of approved manuscripts, and access additional resources.

We invite you to view the presentation slides from our two-day SHSS Close-Out meeting held in October 2013 in Seattle. Members traveled from sites in Arizona, Oklahoma, and South Dakota to join in collaboration.

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Native People for Cancer Control

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Native People for Cancer Control is a community network program funded by the National Cancer Institute. It includes several research projects designed to alleviate cancer health disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Rates of cancer incidence in Native people have increased in recent years, while remaining steady or declining in other U.S. racial and ethnic groups. After a cancer diagnosis, five-year survival rates in Native people are the lowest of all races. We have worked with tribes and tribal organizations in eight states to address the following issues:

— Cancer education and health promotion activities and interventions, emphasizing traditional foods and ways of wellness.

— Community-level research on colorectal cancer screening, health communication, and reducing cancer risk factors among Native youth.

— Research training opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native investigators and students.

To date, the work of Native People for Cancer Control has resulted in several community-based research products described here. We have also produced a half-dozen peer-reviewed publications, with more on the way. Our overall goal is to make a direct contribution to better cancer outcomes and quality of life for American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

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NPCC Grant Announcement

Native People for Cancer Control:

Due date: February 1, 2013
To date, Native People for Cancer Control has funded 46 community grants totaling $121,499. We’re pleased to announce our funding opportunity for 2013.
Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to tribes, tribal organizations, and community-based organizations to address issues in cancer education, prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship among American Indians and Alaska Natives living in the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, North Dakota, and South Dakota. » More …

Training & Outreach Opportunities

Partnerships for Native Health welcomes opportunities for health topics outreach and education.  Staff members regularly visit partner tribes and Native urban centers, and offer workshops and trainings on many health topics. If you are interested in a training please contact, and check out our calendar for opportunities to drop in on a training.

Native Women’s Wellness

Native Women’s Wellness

American Indian and Alaska Native people experience striking disparities in mortality from cardiovascular disease compared to the general U.S. population. For women of childbearing age, early detection of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease can often be missed, because the type of medical care they seek is typically focused on their reproductive health care needs. However, chronic disease risk factors, including smoking and obesity, are common in this age group and can be treated when evidence-based interventions are offered.

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