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

Status: Current

Grant Start: 05/19/2019

Grant End: 01/31/2024

American Indian Chronic Disease Risk and Sleep Health (AI-CHERISH) will develop a culturally tailored questionnaire to assess sleep health. This study will quantify sleep deficiencies in American Indian people and evaluate their association with risk factors for chronic disease.

AI-CHERISH is recruiting from the Strong Heart Family Study cohort which represents Tribal communities from three geographic regions (the Northern plains, Southwest, and Southern Plains). To protect the confidentiality of communities, the Strong Heart Study Steering Committee asks investigators not to reveal any identifying information about participating tribes. This is the first study to develop a culturally grounded patient-reported outcome measure of sleep health for use in future research with American Indian people. It will return critical data on the associations between sleep deficiencies and disease risk factors in an underserved population that experiences substantial morbidity and mortality due to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

An image showing the logo for AI-CHERISH, which was designed by Tammy Joy Granados, who is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
AI-CHERISH logo, designed by Tammy Joy Granados, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.


  • Missouri Breaks Industries Research Inc. (MBIRI)
  • MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI)
  • University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (OUHSC)

Funding Sponsors

  • Federal - National Institutes of Health
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Study Locations

  • Northern Plains
  • Southwest
  • Southern Plains

Study Type

  • Population based sample
  • Cohort study
  • Quanititative Research
  • Mixed methods
  • Qualitative research

Study Characteristics

  • Ages 18 plus
  • Ages 50 plus

Principal Investigator(s)

Team Member(s)

Heath Research Initiatives

  • American Indian and Alaska Native

Focus Areas

  • Health disparities