Strong Heart Study
Data: Strong Heart Study National Data
Largest epidemiological data set 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?
Status of project: We submitted our analysis to the tribal communities in three regions involved in the study. After tribal leaders reviewed and approved our work, we submitted our findings to the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications, where it is currently under review.
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 presented findings at the Indian Health Service and the Yakama Nation Tribal Council in June 2013. We are currently revising our paper to submit to the Journal of Participatory Medicine.
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: We presented our preliminary findings at a Research Roundtable at Heritage University in early Spring 2013. We presented our final findings at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting in March 2013. Our manuscript is currently under peer review at Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences.
Sustainable Food, Health & Culture
CNHC student interns, Lupe Jimenez-Rios and Debra Whitefoot carried out a project about food and culture.
Research question: What is the answer to better health within your culture?
Status of project: The students conducted a literature review and engaged auto ethnography to analyze food practices, traditional culture, and social change. They presented their findings at a Research Roundtable at Heritage University and The Pacific Sociological Association in early Spring 2013.