Summer Research Enhancement Project

Project description

Our project builds on existing local data as well as national data suggesting a need for wellness and resilience-based information on American Indians in Arizona. We are using a community-engaged approach to identify wellness strategies among American Indians, assess health care provider perceptions and strategies on wellness, and develop plans for enhancing and improving policy and communication for improved health. Our team includes faculty in Anthropology and Health Sciences, a group of Community Researchers from throughout Arizona, and student volunteers.

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SREP 2015 Cohort
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SREP 2015 Cohort

Project aims

  • Aim 1: identify current knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors among American Indians related to increased fitness and demonstrated resilience through lifestyle changes
  • Aim 2: Assess patient-provider communication about overweight and obesity
  • Aim 3: Determine evidence-based, culturally appropriate strategies which provide primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention against health risks of overweight and obesity
  • Aim 4: Make policy and procedural recommendations to inform CAIR and community stakeholders

Additional project goals

  • Develop methods, analysis, and dissemination strategies from medical anthropology and public health
  • Capacity building through training Community Researchers in ethnographic research methods
  • Develop evidence-based, culturally appropriate strategies to support and promote healthy lifestyles
  • Make policy and procedural recommendations

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Student interns Casandra Sampson (L) and Cynthia Manygoats (R) with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Nutrition Program in Tuba City, AZ


  • Informed policy recommendations hold the potential to improve the efficiency of the health care system
  • Involving community members and local institutions improves the chances for lasting impactful change
  • Developing, refining, and disseminating tools for community engagement informs a national audience on research to promote resilience and improving health equity

Summer Research Enhancement Program 2016

Diné College

Applications due: February 1st, 2016

Overview & Schedule

Program Dates

May 24 through July 29th, 2016

Stage I

May 24 through June 10

Intensive training at Tsaile Campus where students develop skills in disease prevention and health promotion research techniques. This course includes topics such as:

  • Public Health,
  • Ethics and Research Methods,
  • Epidemiology,
  • Statistics,
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention,
  • Nutrition and Nutritional Assessment,
  • Cancer and Disease Processes and Prevention Approaches.

Stage II

June 13 through July 27

The student interns are placed in or near their home communities at health care facilities or educational institutions where they will participate in a variety of on-going public health and health research or related projects.

Stage III

July 25 through July 29

At the conclusion of the program, the students and staff will work on analysis of data and presentations of their experiences in public health and health research.

While participating in the SREP, the student researcher will recieve:

  • A $3,600.00 Stipend (distributed throughout the program)

During the 3-week training session at Diné College-Tsaile Campus, the student will receive the following

  • Room and Board
  • Books and Materials
  • 7 transferable credit hours (4 classroom credits and 3 practicum credits)
  • All college fees and materials will be covered

A Sample of Previous Intern Sites

  • Diné College - Shiprock, NM
  • Northern Navajo Medical Center - Shiprock, NM
  • Gallup Indian Medical Center - Gallup, NM
  • Kayenta Health Center - Kayenta, AZ
  • Tsaile Health Center - Tsaile, AZ
  • Fort Defiance Health Center - Fort Defiance, AZ
  • Connelly House, San Juan Regional Medical Center - Farmington, NM
  • Native American Diabetes Program - Albuquerque, NM
  • Many Farms Wellness Center - Many Farms, NM
  • Zuni Ramah IHS Service Unit - Zuni, NM
  • Navajo Division of Health - Window Rock, AZ
  • CHR Program - Gallup, NM
  • Hopi Special Diabetes/Wellness Center - Second Mesa, AZ
  • Chinle Wellness Center - Chinle, AZ
  • Diabetes Prevention Program/Look Ahead - Shiprock, NM
  • Navajo Special Diabetes Program - Fort Defiance, AZ
  • Navajo Nation Breast & Cervical Cancer Program - Tuba City, AZ


Mark Bauer, PhD
Diné College
P.O. Box 580
Shiprock, NM 87420
Phone: 505-368-3589
Fax: 505-368-3591
Donald Robinson, PhD
Phone: 928-283-5113 Ext. 7520