Native American Research Center for Health
NARCH Overview: Mission
Provide a cooperative structure for the development and implementation of high quality, culturally sensitive and community supported research linked to health disparity issues. Collaborative effort will facilitate the participation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in the research process through training and mentoring opportunities within both academic and community settings.
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Below are examples of current NARCH research projects. These projects also provide hands on internship opportunities for students in Phase 3 of the Student Development Program.The Prevalence of Congenital Heart Disease in Native Americans in Wisconsin
Project Principal Investigator: Andrew Pelech, M.D. Medical College of Wisconsin
Project Co-Principal Investigator: John Dellinger, Ph.D. UW-Milwaukee
Actively ascertain all cases of CHD in Native American children born in representative areas of the state of Wisconsin from January 2000 to present;
Accurately classify phenotypic forms of CHD and birth addresses within this sample population
Compare the type and frequency of these abnormalities to 1) the population of Wisconsin and 2) to the population of the nation;
Obtain environmental risk factor and family history information from affected and case control matched unaffected families.
Breast Cancer Risk and Screening Patterns in Bemidji Area American Indian Women
Project Principal Investigator: Wesley Petersen, Ph.D. Mayo Clinic
Project Co-Investigator: Judith Kaur, M.D. Mayo Clinic
Enumerate the prevalence of standard clinical breast cancer risk factors in Bemidji Area Native Women (NW);
Analyze breast density in mammograms, as an additional risk indicator;
A) Determine how often a clinical breast exam is done in conjunction with mammography; B) determine the interval between current and prior mammogram dates;
A) Use the Gail model and mammogram density data to determine the proportion of NW at increased risk of breast cancer; B) analyze whether those at increased risk are receiving screening according to standard recommendations;
A) Implement educational programs for health clinics and tribes that seek to learn more about breast cancer screening and mentor students exploring cancer research careers; B) Inform providers and tribal leaders (1) about the proportion of women at risk in their communities; (2) develop understanding of the implications of risk; and (3) encourage efforts to have higher risk women screened regularly.
Obesity Prevention in AI Youth
Project Principal Investigator: Alexandra Adams, MD UW Medical School
Project Co-Investigator: Adrienne Laverdure, MD Peter Christensen Health Center
Protective Effects of Traditional Diets
Project Principal Investigators: Michael Carvan, Ph.D. UW Milwaukee
Improving AI Cancer Surveillance and Data Reporting in Wisconsin
Project Principal Investigator: Patrick Remington, MD UW Medical School
Project Director: Rick Strickland, MA UW Comprehensive Cancer Center
Reproductive Health - Outcomes and Cost-Effectiveness Among Native Americans in Wisconsin
Project Principal Investigator: Jeanne Hewitt, Ph.D. UW Milwaukee
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