Evolution of a Robust Tribal-University Research Partnership to Investigate Tribal Exposures and Build Scientific Capacity
The overall theme of the conference was around community-driven or community-based participatory research to advance the area of health research within Tribal communities.There were some fantastic ‘big-data’ presentations by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) looking at intake and outtake data from federally funded clinics. ~Diana Rohlman, Presenter, Contemporary Northwest Tribal Health Conference
The Community Engagement Core (CEC) takes OSU SRP Center expertise on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and applies it to the needs of community partners.
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) has been a key partner for CEC.
CTUIR is located in Eastern Oregon, so one of the limitations to overcome is distance. One reason the partnership has thrived is because the CTUIR has scientific capacity and resources, which is unique amongst Tribal nations. Both partners are bringing scientific expertise to the table.
Graduate students gain knowledge and experience with Tribes by participating in the CEC research projects.
Five Key Features of the OSU SRP Tribal-University Partnership
Utilizes Community-based Participatory Research
Builds scientific and cultural capacity between CTUIR and OSU researchers
Utilizes data sharing agreements to protect Tribal rights
Develops culturally appropriate risk reduction strategies with CTUIR
Disseminates knowledge through journals, newsletters and community meetings to provide Tribal perspectives on research practices. (See the OSU SRP web site for extensive resources that include collaborative publications and presentations).