Sanford Research - CRCAIHThe 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.


Save the Date for the 2014 CRCAIH Annual Summit

The 2014 CRCAIH Annual Summit will be on June 10th and 11th in Bemidji, MN. The theme is Making Relatives for Community-based Research, and will feature national and local speakers, trainings and workshops. 


2013 Pilot Grants Program Awardees Announced 

We are excited to announce our inaugural Pilot Grants Program Awardees!

The following projects were selected for funding: 

• John Gonzalez, PhD (University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth) 
Is my healthcare making me sick? Microaggressions in American Indian healthcare. 

• Jessica D. Hanson, PhD (Sanford Research, Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention Research) 
Reliability and validity in a prevention program for American Indian women. 

• Alicia Claire Mousseau, PhD (Little Wound School, Oglala Sioux Tribe) 
Using mindfulness to reduce risky behaviors among American Indian youth. 

• Soonhee Roh, PhD (University of South Dakota, School of Health Sciences) 
Determinants of care and life quality in American Indian women with cervical cancer. 

• H. Bruce Vogt, MD, FAAP (University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine); 
Jay Memmott, PhD, MSW (University of South Dakota, School of Health Sciences) 
Assessing the impact of lay patient advocate training in tribal communities.

2014 Pilots Grant Program Deadline 2/24/14. Please find the RFA and Application here

Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health Annual Summit

The 2013 CRCAIH Annual summit was held on June 11th and 12th in Sioux Falls, SD (Sanford Center). National speakers, panel discussions, and trainings were held on:

  • Community engagement in research
  • Regulatory knowledge
  • Research ethics

Summit Informational Brochure


Presentations for the 2013 Summit

Click on presentation title to view PowerPoint slides. Click on the word video to view the presentation

Psychotherapy & American Indian Healing - Pursuing Cultural Compatibility
Joseph P. Gone, PhD
University of Michigan

Healthcare Self-Determination Process in South Dakota
Donald Warne, MD, MPH
North Dakota State University

Transcultural Perspectives
Gene Thin Elk, BA
Medicine Wheel Inc.
Jen Prasek, BA
Sanford Health

Research Methods 101
Paul A. Thompson, PhD
Sanford Health

Excerpts from Native Cancer 101                                
Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH
Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR)

Southcentral Foundation - The Nuka System of Care
Matt Hirschfeld, MD, PhD and Tammy Pickett, MD
Southcentral Foundation

Use of Indigenous/Indigenist Research Methodologies
Wendy Peters, PhD
University of North Dakota

The Healing Journey
Wayne Weston, BA
Weston Consulting


CRCAIH Partner Organizations:

Sanford Research
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Oglala Sioux Tribe
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center
Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board
Medicine Wheel, Inc.
Missouri Breaks Industries Research, Inc.
North Dakota State University
Oglala Lakota College
Rapid City Regional
Sanford Health
South Dakota State University
Turtle Mountain Community College
University of North Dakota
University of South Dakota

Adding 3-4 additional tribes in 2013-2015 and hold an Annual Summit on American Indian Health

CRCAIH Components:

Research Division:

•3 Collaborative Research Projects: Pediatric Asthma; Living Kidney Donation Education; Emergency
Department Utilization
• Pilot Grants: Annual funding mechanism starting in 2013 for projects on social determinants of health for American Indian populations (funding ranging from $25,000-$100,000/project)

Community Engagement and Innovation Division

Establish Tribal Advisory Committees to provide feedback, conduct education and training on research, and disseminate findings.


Support CRCAIH activities and offer resources to partners
•Culture, Science, and Bioethics Core: Work with tribes and researchers to provide a culturally-informed approach to research through educational model
•Regulatory Knowledge Core: Work with tribes and researchers to facilitate appropriate research methods in the modern regulatory framework, and will work with tribal partners to developing their own independent community-based research review boards
• Methodology Core: Assists in biostatistics, data management and research education for researchers and tribal communities


Useful Resources:

Interactive Map of American Indian and Alaska Native Population, created by the Rural Assistance Center.National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guide to Grants and Contracts

Project is supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54MD008164. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

***For more information contact the Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention, 605-312-6200***