Campus News - February 11, 2002
HSC one of eight in country to house American Indian Research Center
The UNM Health Sciences Center will be one of eight locations nationally to
establish an American Indian Research Center. The centers are being created
with $3 million in funding by the U.S. Indian Health Service to focus on medical
research relevant to Native American communities.
HSC will partner with the New Mexico Tribal Healthcare Alliance, an organization
developed in partnership with the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service from
26 New Mexico sovereign tribes and one urban tribal organization, to establish
UNM and the alliance will develop community-based research programs focused
on health improvement and maintenance and to conduct collaborative biomedical
research. The center will also work to develop a cadre of Native American healthcare
professionals trained in research techniques through expanded training and mentoring
These funds will increase the capacity of tribes and universities to work in partnership to reverse a trend of Indian communities frequently being the subject of research and not benefiting from that research, said Dr. Michael Trujillo, director of the Indian Health Service.
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