Research Partnerships (NARCH VII)

Dissemenation and Implementation to Reduce AI/AN Health Disparities 

In the Native American Research Center for Health (Funding Cycle VII) grant, the NCAI Policy Research Center and the University of Nevada-Reno have partnered to disseminate insights from our NARCH V project that explored the facilitators and barriers of community-based participatory research (CBPR) in tribal and minority communities, as well as to go produce new insights in three areas, including: governance, trust, and culture.

The project includes the following aims:

  • Create a CBPR partnership evaluation toolkit and assess for feasibility through community dissemination.
  • Revise the CBPR toolkit based on assessment of feasibility, develop a strategy for broader dissemination, and provide technical assistance to AI/AN communities on implementing CBPR best practices.

The project has produced the following resources:

  • RED Talks: Tribal Research Partnerships
    With the support of Missouri Breaks Industries Research, Inc.
    RED Talks are a series of video vignettes that share lessons learned from tribal-academic research partnerships. Some of the topics addressed the video interviews include:
    • Indigenous Research as Storytelling
    • The Role of Partnerships
    • Data Sharing among American Indians
    • A Model for Tribal Academic Advancement and Building Research Capacity
  • Holding Space: A Guide for Partners in Tribal ResearchComing soon!
    The CBPR toolkit, titled Holding Space: A Guide for Partners in Tribal Research, contains three core modules focused on the roles of governance, trust, and culture in the research process. The guide is designed to support tribal-academic research partnerships in crafting a vision for community benefit and building capacity.
  • Tribal Research Futures Game 
    With the support Future iQ Partners, Inc.
    The Tribal Research Futures Game is an interactive game experience where players, who assume distinct roles within a tribal-academic research partnership, confront various challenges over the course of a 30-year timeframe.  Decisions must be strategized together to arrive at the best outcomes for the health of the tribal community and the sustainability of the research project.

The project was featured at the following events:

The project will be featured at these upcoming events:

Partners/Project staff:

  • Yvette Roubideaux (Co-PI), NCAI Policy Research Center
  • Julie E. Lucero (Co-PI), University of Nevada-Reno
  • Amber Emerson (Project Team), University of Nevada-Reno
  • Whitney Sawney (Project Team), NCAI Policy Research Center
  • David Beurle, Consultant, Future iQ Partners, Inc.
  • Rae O’Leary, Consultant, Missouri Breaks Industries Research, Inc.


This work was supported by the Indian Health Service and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number U26IHS0082.

The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.