Carly Camplain, doctoral student in interdisciplinary health and senior research coordinator for the Center for Health Equity Research, was selected for the first cohort of the newly created INSPIRE: Indigenous Substance Use and Addictions Prevention Interdisciplinary Research Education program.
INSPIRE is a 24-month substance abuse and addictions research mentoring program through the University of Washington School of Social Work that offers training opportunities, mentoring and seed funding for pilot research through a National Institute on Drug Abuse grant. The first cohort program is from June 1 to May 31, 2023.
“As a doctoral student scholar, I am excited for the opportunity to learn from not only the incredible team of mentors and experts but also the postdoctoral and early career scholars in the program,” Camplain said. “I am also looking forward to developing a pilot project with my team to improve my research skills.”
Camplain holds a juris doctorate from Arizona State University where she was in the Indian Legal program and received the highest Pro Bono Distinction. She has been at CHER since 2018.
Her research specializations are in physical, mental, and behavioral healthcare access and utilization among Indigenous peoples while incarcerated, and healthcare in tribal correctional facilities.
Camplain is a student representative to the board of directors for the Arizona Public Health Association. Last year, she was awarded the Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship to attend the 13th Annual Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health. She also volunteers at the Coconino County Detention Center.
During the INSPIRE program, students will attend a five-day Fall Immersion Research Training Institute, a five-day spring writing retreat, a one-day American Indian/Alaska Native substance abuse research summit and a grant development workshop at the National Institute on Drug Abuse American Indian/Alaska Native national meeting.
Each fellow has three mentors for the program: a primary and secondary mentor, and an Executive Committee liaison. They will receive year round multidisciplinary learning and research experience opportunities, as well as technical assistance and seed funding.
“We are so proud of Carly for being selected to participate in this very prestigious NIDA-funded program,” Baldwin said. “It will enable her to further enhance her research skills, connect with Indigenous scholars around the country, and conduct a meaningful research project addressing substance use prevention for Indigenous populations. She is well deserving of this award and is certain to make great contributions to the field.”