Diabetes Translation

Center for Diabetes Translation Research

NCAI partnered wtih the Washington University in St. Louis - Center for Diabetes Translation Research (WU-CDTR) to combine our efforts and expertise to eliminate disparities in Type II diabetes research by translating evidence-based interventions to diverse communities.

The NCAI Policy Research Center directed the Research Translation with American Indian/Alaska Native Communities Core of the WU-CDTR from 2011-2021. 

The project included the following aims:

  • Equip researchers and AI/AN communities with the knowledge and skills that they need to reduce AI/AN diabetes disparities.
  • Assist researchers engaged in Type II diabetes research in identifying appropriate Al/AN community partners for their work through providing access to related networks of individuals and organizations.
  • Support researchers in designing research one the role of public health policies in the prevention of Type II diabetes among AI/AN populations.


The project provided the following services:

  • Provide expertise, knowledge, and tools for researchers and AI/AN communities to engage in effective research partnerships for conducting type II translational diabetes research.
  • Provide opportunities for partnership formation among researchers and AI/AN communities through access to the NCAI's existing networks of AI/AN scholars and community leaders.
  • Technical assistance to support emerging partnerships between AI/AN communities and researchers, including the development of research agreements and culturally appropriate project design, measures, and data collection methods. 


The project produced the following resources:

  • Publications
    • Lucero JE, Roubideaux Y (2022). Advancing Diabetes Prevention and Control in American Indians and Alaska Natives. Annual Review of Public Health. 2002; 43: 461-475. April 2022. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-093019-010011
    • Lucero JE, Emerson AD, Roubideaux Y (2020). The Holding Space: A Guide for Partners in Tribal Research. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2020; 14(1): 101-107. doi: 10.1353/cpr2020.0012.
    • Lucero JE, Roubideaux Y (2020). Holding Space for All of Us. AMA J Ethics. 2020; 22(10):E882-887. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2020.882.
    • NCAI Policy Research Center (2018). Diabetes and Behavioral Health Comorbidities: Advancing the Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda. Washington DC: National Congress of American Indians. View here.
    • Duran B, Oetzel J, Magarati M, Parker M, Zhou C, Roubideaux Y, Muhammad M, Pearson C, Belone L, Kastelic SH, Wallerstein N (2019). Toward Health Equity: A National Study of Promising Practices in Community-Based Participatory Research. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2019;13(4): 337-352. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2019.0067.
    • Wallerstein N, Muhammad M, Sanchez-Youngman S, Rodriguez Espinosa P, Avila M, Baker EA, Barnett S, Belone L, Golub M, Lucero J, Mahdi I, Noyes E, Nguyen T, Roubideaux Y, Sigo R, Duran B (2019). Power Dynamics in Community-Based Participatory Research: A Multiple-Case Study Analysis of Partnering Contexts, Histories, and Practices. Health Educ Behav. 2019; 46(1_suppl):19S-32S. doi: 10.1177/1090198119852998.
  • Resources from WU-CDTR, including webinars, trainings/workshops, pilot grants, funding opportunities

How to become an affiliated member of the WU-CDTR:

Members can access resources of the WU-CDTR such as trainings, workshops, and other resources to help build skills to conduct diabetes translation research and to write publications and grants. Members come from a variety of disciplines, but they have diabetes related research interests that are pivotal to the mission of our Center. Common co-occurring conditions include but are not limited to obesity prevention, nutrition, health communication, cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, and health policy.



This work was supported by Washington University in St. Louis CDTR with funding from a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders, P30DK092950.

The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders.