Who We Are

Who We Are

The Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) is the central hub of coordinating Tribal health research across the NIH; gathering meaningful and timely input from Tribal communities on NIH policies, programs and activities; and creating opportunities for the next generation of American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) researchers at the NIH. The office is located in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Director (OD), NIH.

What We Do

The THRO fulfills an important coordinating and planning role as it works with NIH Institutes and Centers to leverage resources to develop and carryout the strategic plan to support tribal health research. NIH funds research aimed to improve health and reduce health disparities in AI/AN communities on such issues as cardiovascular disease, environmental health, drug and alcohol abuse, and diabetes. Programs are designed to empower individuals and communities with the information they need to improve the health of their community and prevent disease and injury. The NIH funds programs that encourage AI/AN students to enter biomedical research careers, join the biomedical workforce, come back to their communities and contribute their knowledge, as well as support AI/AN investigators who are leading their own biomedical research programs

THRO activities include:

  • Convening trans-NIH committees, workshops, meetings and other activities related to tribal health research and scientific priorities
  • Serving as a liaison and as an NIH representative on tribal health related committees and working groups
  • Coordinating and support the NIH Tribal Advisory Committee
  • Managing information dissemination related to tribal health research coordination
  • Convening yearly Tribal Consultation sessions

This page last reviewed on September 9, 2021