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The NIH Tribal Health Research Office is dedicated to building research partnerships for healthy Tribal Nations. In all we do, we acknowledge the enduring hope, resiliency, wisdom, and strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native communities across the country.

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In the News

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April 28, 2023

University of Washington’s Dr. Karina Walters Selected to Lead THRO

Dr. Karina Walters, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, joined the NIH Tribal Health Research Office as director on April 24, 2023. Learn about Dr. Walters in this issue of the NIH Record newsletter.

April 27, 2023

Heavy Metals Health Risks in Native American Communities

Session II of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) Progress in Research webinar series will feature SRP-funded projects from the University of New Mexico SRP Center (collaborating with Indigenous partners from Navajo Nation and Laguna Pueblo), and Columbia University Northern Plains SRP Center (collaborating with Tribal communities from North and South Dakota) that focus on the health risks associated with exposure to hazardous metals. Learn more and register for the live webinar on Friday, May 5, 2023, from 12 to 2:00 p.m. E.D.T. 

April 21, 2023

Honoring Health Newsletter – Spring 2023

The Honoring Health newsletter provides THRO-curated Tribal health research news and information from across NIH. Check out the Spring 2023 issue to learn about THRO’s new director, Long COVID resources, funding and training opportunities, research highlights, and more.

April 11, 2023

Registration for the 2023 RADx®-UP Scientific Meeting is Open

The NIH RADx®-Underserved Populations (RADx®-UP) initiative will hold its annual Scientific Meeting virtually on May 3, 2023, from 1 to 5 p.m. E.T. Scheduled presentations include an update about the Cherokee Nation Community-Driven Program for Testing and Contact Tracing (Cherokee PROTECT) survey, and COVID-19 monitoring methods, building capacity, and Indigenous data sovereignty with a Northern Plains Tribe.


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This page last reviewed on March 21, 2023