Research Grant Partners Include Tribes and TCUs

Nov 15th, 2006 | By | Category: 18-2: Traditional Wisdom Our Strength, Tribal College News

Oglala Lakota College (OLC, Kyle, SD) and Sinte Gleska University (SGU, Mission, SD), among several other partners, will benefit from a new $7.4 million grant awarded to The University of South Dakota (USD) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Center for Disabilities.

According to their press release, USD will serve as the lead institution on a 5-year grant that will create the Center for Health Research with tribes in South Dakota-Montana-Wyoming. The grant was awarded by the Department of Health & Human Services National Center of Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health.

The grant partners expect to advance the science to decrease health disparities for American Indians. Through a mentoring program at SGU, the number of researchers and professionals from minority populations trained in biomedical and behavioral research will increase. Also the dissemination and utilization of scientific and health information relevant to health diversity populations will be increased.

The effort to increase researchers and professionals in biomedical and behavioral research will allow for the creation of health disparities research projects based on tribal needs and will result in the development of associated resource materials specifically tailored for American Indians, according to the grant objectives.

Specifically, the grant will (1) help fund a study on Cultural Resilience and Adolescent Risk Behaviors by young Indian people, (2) fund an investigation into the role of prenatal alcohol exposure in the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), stillbirth, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) by tracking American Indian children through age four, and (3) create the opportunity for a different pilot project to be conducted each year of the grant.

The grant will also help provide technical assistance, training, and support to tribal health and physical activities programs to conduct needs assessments and to develop tribally-tailored programs to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Health information dissemination will also be an on-going aspect of the grant.

SGU Institutional Relations & Development Vice President Georgia Hackett says initial project work is already taking place on the campus.

For more information, contact Kenyon Gleason, USD director of communications, at (701) 677-6258 or

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