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Partnerships for Native Health Washington State University


Research Centers

Native Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center in Minority Aging Research (NAD RCMAR)

This Center aims to better understand, intervene on, and mitigate the Alzheimer’s disease health disparities experienced by American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders by funding pilot studies through its career development program for early- to mid-career investigators.

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Native-Controlling Hypertension and Risk through Technology (NCHART)

This Center implements three intervention projects to control hypertension and reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease and stroke among American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

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Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education (NCARE)

This Center seeks to mitigate and ultimately eliminate the alcohol-related health disparities experienced by American Indians and Alaska Natives by implementing sustainable culturally and locally adapted interventions.

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Specialized Center of Excellence on Alzheimer’s Disease in American Indians and Alaska Natives

This Center is a multi-component center engaged in developing effective approaches that use the tools of precision medicine to prevent, diagnose, and treat cognitive impairment, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Research Projects

Strong Heart Study

Lead: Astrid Suchy-Dicey
The Strong Heart Study is the largest longitudinal epidemiologic study of American Indians ever conducted.

Announcement: Upcoming Invitation for Tribal Leaders and Health Directors to Participate in a Research Study

Principal Investigator: Patrik Johansson
We will be inviting Tribal leaders and health directors to participate in Zoom interviews to learn about the impact of the growing population of older American Indian and Alaska Native adults and to offer their opinions about research on Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment.

American Indian Chronic Disease Risk and Sleep Health (AI CHERISH)

Contact Principal investigator: Lonnie Nelson
Funded by  the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Caring Contacts: A Strength-based Suicide Prevention Trial

This intervention uses regular communication with suicidal people to increase social connection.

Natives Care: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Partnerships for Native Health addresses Alzheimer’s Disease disparities by expanding outreach, research, recruitment, and educational activities on Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.

Native Opportunities to Stop Hypertension (NOSH)

This project evaluates a personalized DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet intervention in American Indian/Alaska Native clinic patients with hypertension.

Rhythm and Timing

This intervention study uses Interactive Metronome therapy to treat Native elders with cerebrovascular disease.

Urban Native Elders (URBANE): Risk and Protective Factors for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias 

Spanning five urban areas across the United States, this study will be the first multisite epidemiologic investigation of risk profiles for Alzheimer’s Disease, vascular brain injury, cognitive function, and relevant risk factors among urban American Indian/Alaskan Native Elders.

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