$7.4 million in grants awarded for research

ROCKVILLE, M.D.-The Indian Health Service (IHS) and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), have announced the recipients of approximately $7.4 million in grant funds to support American Indian and Alaska Native biomedical and behavioral research efforts. The funding is from the Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) program, which is a partnership led by IHS and NIGMS, and also supported by many other HHS partners.

This year the NARCH awards total $1.4 million more than last year's awards, and NIGMS and IHS welcomed two new NIH partners to the NARCH program: the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Twelve NARCH programs have been selected to receive grants for new and/or ongoing projects. Funds for these projects are being released to the recipients this month.

Programs identified for the funding awards are:

• The Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board NARCH program received $1,018,234 for research training and for projects addressing substance abuse interventions, tribal cancer control, incarcerated youth, and community-based participatory research.

• The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium NARCH program received funds amounting to $709,845 for research projects that deal with Alaska Native health issues such as autoimmune liver disease, nicotine exposure, childhood bronchiectasis, and prenatal alcohol exposure.

• The White Mountain Apache Tribe NARCH program was awarded $784,724 for research training and to study the prevention of pneumococcal spread within Apache families as well as to study youth suicide prevention using community-based, participatory research methods.

• Funds in the amount of $777,650 were awarded to the Northwest Portland Area Health Board NARCH program for research and training among the northwest Indian population, including improving research skills for Indian students and health professionals.

• The Indian Health Council, Inc., NARCH program in southern California received $462,581 for training and for research into the burden on caregivers of frail elders.

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