About NW NARCH
Carefully designed and implemented health research can provide solutions to help eliminate the vast disparities in health between Northwest American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) and non-AI/AN. Because of past experiences with non-AI/AN researchers, however, AI/AN communities are generally distrustful of health research and thus have low participation in health research which could improve community health.
This project offers AI/AN researchers access to the extensive health research training opportunities of two premier academic health research institutes of the Northwest—Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) and the University of Washington (UW). All of the NARCH projects will be accomplished through enhancements of the existing partnership between NPAIHB, OHSU, and UW. Efforts of these partners will help to further the position of the NW NARCH as a regional resource for AI/AN health research, and will contribute to the national effort to reduce health disparities among AI/AN people, compared to other races in the US.