This newsletter provides THRO-curated Tribal health research and funding news from across NIH.
The next NIH strategic plan for Tribal health research will build upon the existing plan to improve the agency’s relationship and collaborative efforts with Native communities and aims to address health research needs. Tribal Consultation will occur during the HHS regional consultations.
A NIDA study found there were significant reductions in cigarette use between the years 2006 and 2019 from people with major depression and/or substance abuse disorder, but the rates for non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native people did not decline. This highlights the need for more prevention and treatment efforts for these communities.
THRO Director Dr. David R. Wilson and NIAMS Director Dr. Lindsey A. Criswell talk about bone, muscle, skin, and autoimmune diseases; their impact on AI/AN people; and related research and resources.
The RADx TDR is intended to be an independent research data repository governed under the principles and practices of Tribal sovereignty. It will provide responsible data sharing and access to researchers and their collaborators who generate or are interested in working with RADx American Indian and Alaska Native research data. Letter of Intent due date: May 1, 2022.
The NIH Record highlights the new NIH Tribal Consultation Policy.
The Helping to End Addiction Long-term® Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative®, speeds scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. NIH seeks input from Tribal leaders to develop priorities and collaborative strategies to address chronic pain management and opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities.
THRO Director Dr. David R. Wilson shares information about the new NIH Tribal Consultation policy.
N3C collects clinical, laboratory, and diagnostic data from hospitals and clinics and makes data accessible to researchers seeking to understand COVID-19. NIH seeks input and recommendations from Tribal leaders on whether and how to appropriately make American Indian and Alaska Native data available to Tribal researchers and to the broader scientific research community.
The percentage of young people reporting substance use decreased significantly in 2021, including among the 0.9% of respondents who identified as American Indian or Alaska Native.