Strong Heart Study
Data: Strong Heart Study National Data
Largest epidemiological dataset of American Indians ever collected.
Analysis: Secondary analysis of quantitative data
Research questions: What is the relationship between psychological stress symptoms and diabetes prevalence, glucose control, and treatment regimen?
State of project: We submitted our analysis to the 30 tribal communities involved in the study. After tribal leaders review our work, we will share our findings, tentatively in February, 2013.
Project partners: Native Elder Research Center (University of Colorado), Dr. Kelly Gonzales (Portland State University), Strong Heart Study (University of Oklahoma)
For more information about the Strong Heart Study National Project: http://strongheart.ouhsc.edu
Yakama Healthy Heart Retention Study
Data: Yakama Healthy Heart Retention Data
Data collected among retained participants, non-retained participants, and staff involved in this Special Diabetes Program for Indian project.
Analysis: Primary analysis of quantitative survey data and qualitative focus group data
Research questions: What are the factors associated with retention in the Yakama Healthy Heart Program?
Status of project: We are currently entering data. We hope to present preliminary findings in March!
Project partners: Native Elder Research Center (University of Colorado), Yakama Healthy Heart Program, Yakama IHS
For more information about the Special Diabetes Program for Indians: http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=programsSDPI
Indigenous Methodology in Practice
Michelle Jacob, Corey Hodge, Mary James, and Sarah Augustine are working on a project to analyze the theory and methods that guide CNHC's work.
Abstract: We draw from the interwoven liberation model proposed by Falcón and Jacob to critically examine our Center’s work process and product to articulate our unique indigenous methodology in practice. Our preliminary findings indicate that our indigenous methodology is guided by three principles: 1) understanding the importance of partnerships; 2) viewing our work in terms of building on existing strengths within campus and local tribal communities; 3) engaging in work that promotes a vision of academic excellence that has a “good spirit” and inspires all parties involved.
Status of project: Currently, we are engaged in reflective writing to document Center activities. We will present our preliminary findings at a Research Roundtable at Heritage University in early Spring 2013.
Sustainable Food, Health & Culture
CNHC student interns, Lupe Jimenez-Rios and Debra Whitefoot are working on a project about food and culture.
Research question: What is the answer to better health within your culture?
Status of project: Currently, the students are conducting a literature review and doing auto ethnography to analyze food practices, traditional culture, and social change. They will present their preliminary findings at a Research Roundtable at Heritage University in early Spring 2013.