NIH Tribal Health Research Coordinating Committee (THRCC)

The NIH Tribal Health Research Coordinating Committee (THRCC) serves as a catalyst for developing research, research training, and career development initiatives focused on American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). It provides a forum for discussing the diverse health issues and challenges facing AI/AN communities, and how NIH research can help address those needs. The committee meets monthly and THRCC members are representatives from the NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices (ICOs) and the Division of Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) offices.

THRCC members are tasked to:

  • Participate in the development of an AI/AN Research Strategic Plan and developing and recommending strategies to track and monitor NIH research initiatives and progress
  • Participate in the developing the initial AI/AN research portfolio analysis
  • Develop potential research and research training activities for NIH and ICO leadership to consider
  • Facilitate and coordinate collaborations and other activities related to AI/AN health research across the NIH ICOs as well as with other federal agencies
  • Contribute to reports on AI/AN research activities to HHS and in response to other requests
THRCC Members
Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) David R. Wilson, Ph.D.
Office of the Director Members
All of Us Research Program Yentram Huren, Ph.D.
Office of AIDS Research (OAR) Natalie Tomitch, M.P.H, M.B.A.
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) Michael Spittel, Ph.D.
Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) Nancy Potischman, Ph.D.  
Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) Melissa Green Parker, Ph.D.
Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Ashley Wells, M.A.
Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE) Sharon Milgram, Ph.D
Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) Elena Gorodetsky, M.D., Ph.D. 
Office of Science Policy (OSP) Lydia Kline, M.P.H., M.S.
Office of Scientific Workforce Diversity (SWD) Charlene Le Fauve, Ph.D. 
Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research Office (SGMRO) Karen Parker, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Institute and Center Members
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Shobha Srinivasan, Ph.D.
Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Gabriel Fosu, Ph.D. 
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Lanay Mudd Ph.D.  
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Mona Puggal, M.P.H.
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Vence Bonham, Jr., J.D. 
National Institute on Aging (NIA) Patricia Jones, Dr.P.H., M.P.H, M.S.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Judith Arroyo, Ph.D.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Diane Adger-Johnson, M.S. 
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Xincheng (Ted) Zheng, M.D., Ph.D.
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Randy King, Ph.D.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Shavon Artis Dickerson, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Johnathan Horsford, Ph.D.
Darien Weatherspoon, D.D.S., M.P.H. 
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Sylvia L. Parsons
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Lawrence (Larry) Agodoa, M.D.
Rob Rivers, Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Kathy Etz, Ph.D. 
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Liam O'Fallon, M.A.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Sheila Caldwell, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Andrea C. Beckel-Mitchener, Ph.D.
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Dorothy Castille Ph.D. 
Joyce Hunter, Ph.D.  
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) (Extramural) Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D.  
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) (Intramural) Rita Devine, Ph.D. 
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Lynn Adams, Ph.D. 
National Library of Medicine (NLM) Laura Bartlett, MLS

This page last reviewed on November 5, 2020