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Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health announces five projects for first pilot grants

Research initiatives address American Indian health disparities

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Five research projects have been selected to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health’s (CRCAIH) inaugural pilot grants program.

The CRCAIH’s pilot grant program was created to fund cutting-edge transdisciplinary research to address health disparities experienced by American Indians in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.

In September of 2012, Sanford Research and a broad base of partners received a $13.5 million grant--the largest in its history--from the National Institute on Minority Health and Disparities to create the CRCAIH.

“We were overwhelmed with the response to the request for proposals and look forward to seeing the projects’ results in the next year,” said Amy Elliott, PhD, the principal investigator for the CRCAIH and a senior scientist and director for Sanford Research’s Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention. “Each project was reviewed by an expert external review panel based on scientific merit and community involvement, and we are optimistic about the answers each study will produce.”

The pilot projects were selected based on four major scoring criteria, including purpose, priorities and significance; scientific approach; innovation and potential for future funding; and investigators and environment. Proposals were reviewed by eight transdisciplinary minority health researchers from across the United States and Canada with expertise in a diverse set of fields, such as health sciences, public health, ethnic studies, nursing, sociology and epidemiology.

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.

The CRCAIH is made up of Sanford Research; Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe; Oglala Sioux Tribe; Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; 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; the University of North Dakota; and the University of South Dakota. It is funded under NIH award number U54MD008164.

More information can be found at

About Sanford Research/USD

Sanford Research/USD is a non-profit research organization formed between Sanford Health and the University of South Dakota. Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and represents the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities, eight states and three countries. In 2007, a transformational gift of $400 million by Denny Sanford provided for an expansion of children’s and research initiatives, specifically finding a cure for type 1 diabetes, and has given Sanford Research significant momentum in its goal of becoming one of the premiere research institutions in the United States and the world. Most recently, a subsequent gift of $100 million by Mr. Sanford has paved the way to establish Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Research.

With a team of more than 200 researchers, Sanford Research comprises several research centers, including Children’s Health Research, Edith Sanford Breast Cancer, Cancer Biology, Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention, Sanford Applied Biosciences, and the National Institute for Athletic Health and Performance (NIAHP).


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