Fostering social determinants of health transdisciplinary research: The collaborative research center for American Indian health

Amy J. Elliott, Emily R. White Hat, Jyoti Angal, Victoria Grey Owl, Susan E. Puumala, Den Yelle Baete Kenyon

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The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) was established in September 2012 as a unifying structure to bring together tribal communities and health researchers across South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota to address American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) health disparities. CRCAIH is based on the core values of transdisciplinary research, sustainability and tribal sovereignty. All CRCAIH resources and activities revolve around the central aim of assisting tribes with establishing and advancing their own research infrastructures and agendas, as well as increasing AI/AN health research. CRCAIH is comprised of three divisions (administrative; community engagement and innovation; research projects), three technical cores (culture, science and bioethics; regulatory knowledge; and methodology), six tribal partners and supports numerous multi-year and one-year pilot research projects. Under the ultimate goal of improving health for AI/AN, this paper describes the overarching vision and structure of CRCAIH, highlighting lessons learned in the first three years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number24
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 22 2015



  • American Indian
  • Social determinants of health
  • Transdisciplinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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