$10 million grant to study disease in native populations
SPOKANE, Wash. – A Washington State University researcher has received a $10 million grant to work with American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities to reduce health risks related to high blood pressure.
Dedra Buchwald, a professor in the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, will use the National Institutes of Health grant to create one of two Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention. The other center will be at Michigan State University.
Engaging communities, honoring values
Buchwald and co-investigator Spero Manson, University of Colorado Denver, plan to engage community members at all levels of the research process. The native communities experience elevated rates of hypertension, cardiovascular disease and stroke, and prevention efforts focus on blood pressure control.