The Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention Research (CHOPR) has 4 divisions: Health Disparities, Methodology and Data Analysis, Evaluation Services, and Women's Health. The CHOPR specializes in population, translational, and clinical research, as well as in the design and methodology surrounding such studies. Our primary research involves many different areas including infant mortality, childhood obesity, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, childhood cancer, teen pregnancy, and infertility. Staff from the Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention Research are available to advise and manage evaluation requirements for research and service projects. This includes conducting process and outcome evaluations via qualitative and quantitative methods. The methodological component of our research involves bias analysis and providing support for all types of investigations including clinical trials and program evaluation. Our faculty have a broad range of expertise, specializing in public health, medicine, psychology, reproductive endocrinology, pediatrics, epidemiology, nutrition, and biostatistics. A number of our research studies involve engagement and partnerships with American Indian communities and community-based organizations. As a center, we are committed to improving health through education and research in prevention and health outcomes in our local communities and the population at large.
The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) is designed to create a platform to bring together Tribal communities and health researchers, from multiple disciplines, to work together in the development of cutting-edge transdisciplinary research that will address the significant health disparities experienced by American Indians in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. All projects within the CRCAIH will embrace a “social determinants of health” theme. This theme was selected because of the needs of the region, the immediate applicability of many social determinants of health to public health intervention programming, and the existing strengths within the consortium of partners.
Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention News
Dr. Jessica Hanson was awarded funding from the NIH for a project entitled, “Tribal Collaborations in the Prevention of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies.” This overarching objective of this research project is to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in American Indian communities.
Dr. Susan Puumala, was awarded funds through the The Cancer COBRE Pilot Project Program for “Impact of maternal genes on AML (IMAGE-AML study).” This study will examine maternal genetic variation and its relationship to the development of childhood AML.
Hanson, J.D., Miller, A.L., Winberg, A., & Elliott, A.J. (2013). Prevention of alcohol exposed pregnancies with non-pregnant American Indian women. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(3), S66-S73.
In March, Dr. Siobhan Wescott presented “Why IRB?” with and Deb Langstraat at the Sanford Research Ethics Seminar.
Dr. Paul A. Thompson presented “Research Methods 1: Fundamentals” to the Pediatrics Residents and Fellows on April 19.
Dr. Paul A. Thompson presented “Research Methods 2: Statistical Inference” to the Pediatrics Residents and Fellows on April 23.
Dr. Paul A. Thompson presented “Research Methods 3: Reading Literature” to the Pediatrics Residents and Fellows on April 29.
Dr. Jessica Hanson presented at the 2013 Empowering the Community through Prevention Conference held in Rapid City, SD, sponsored by the Division of Behavioral Health Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service in collaboration with the Great Plains Behavioral Health Directors Association. She presented on Project CHOICES: Preventing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies in American Indian Women with Susan Pourier, Florence Janis (Oglala Sioux Tribe Health Administration), Katana Jackson (Indian Health Service, Kyle), Karen Peterson (Denver Public Health), and Pam Gillen (University of Colorado Denver)
Dr. Paul A Thompson presented “Reproducible Research in the SAS System and MicroSoft Word” at the 34th annual meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials, May 20-23, 2013.
Dr. Susan Puumala, Kathy Prasek, and Katherine Burgess were invited to present “Emergency Department Use and Care in American Indian Children” at the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Lunch and Learn Series in Lower Brule, SD on May 30, 2013.
Dr. Amy Elliott presented ‘Development of a Maternal and Child Health Transdisciplinary Research Program’ at the 4th Annual Sanford Health – USD Biomedical Research Symposium on May 16, 2013.
In May, Dr. Amy Elliott and Jyoti Angal (CHOPR) presented at and attended the Safe Passage Research Network face-to-face meeting in Washington, DC.
The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health held its first annual summit June 11 & 12. Approximately 350 people attended in person or via live streaming. Speakers from around the country presented on topics relevant to American Indian Health research. Next year’s summit will take place in Bemidji, MN.
Throughout the spring, Amy Baete, Jaymi Russo, and several other CHOPR staff including Jessica Hanson, Li Zhong, Ann Marie Hess, Christa Friedrich, Jamie Jensen, Luke Mack, Marcia Smith, Char Green, and DenYelle Kenyon, presented “DNA Extraction from Cheek or Macromolecules and Disease Diagnosis” to first graders from several Sioux Falls schools visited Sanford Research as a reward for their FASER participation.
In April, Tracey McMahon and Amy Baete presented to students in the PROMISE lab. Jen Prasek and Jaymi Russo provided guided tours to students.
In April, representatives from CHOPR met with officials from the State Department of Health Chronic Disease division on data dissemination collaborations.
In April, CHOPR hosted colleagues from Sanford Health –Bemidji and Bemidji State University to discuss future collaborative efforts.
In May, the Safe Passage Study hosted Dr. Richard Goldstein and Dr. Hannah Kinney, both from Children’s Hospital – Boston. Dr. Goldstein and Dr. Kinney are collaborators on a new maternal bereavement study that will be initiated in Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Pine Ridge. They conducted bereavement training for Safe Passage Study staff and also gave updates on the Developmental Biology and Pathology Center for the Safe Passage Study. The team then presented to the Oglala Sioux Tribe Research Review Board in Pine Ridge for approval of the bereavement study protocol, which was unanimously approved.
In May, CHOPR hosted representatives from the Yankton Sioux Tribe for discussions on potential partnership within the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health.
In May, Amy Elliott, Jennifer Prasek and Kathy Prasek visited the Fond Du Lac tribe in Northern, MN on potential partnership within the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health.
Representatives from the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (Elliott, Grey Owl, K. Prasek, J. Prasek) visited the Yankton Sioux Tribe and Wagner Indian Health Service on June 6 to discuss potential collaborative opportunities.
The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (Elliott, Kenyon, Grey Owl, Prasek, Grey Eagle, Andalcio) visited Pine Ridge on June 13 with their National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities Project Scientist, Dr. Dorothy Castillas.
Representatives from the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (Elliott, Kenyon, Grey Owl, K. Prasek, Grey Eagle, J. Prasek, Miller) visited the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe to discussion potential collaborative opportunities on June 19.