RIC Methodological & Infrastructure Resources
- RIC Faculty
- RIC Workshops and Mini-Methods Training
- SHERC-Funded Multi-User Equipment Directory
- RIC Partnership with ISSR Workshops
RIC Requests for Support/Forms
- RIC Mailing List and Research Interests
- Request for TAG
- External workshop request form
- ADAMS Access Request Form
Other Resource Links
Research Infrastructure Core
Research Infrastructure Core (RIC) of the Southwest Heath Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC) is responsible for supporting health equity research efforts university-wide through their technical assistance group, methodological education workshop program and infrastructure enhancement program.
Basic functions of RIC include helping health equity projects, programs and affiliated investigators to acquire, develop, implement and disseminate cutting-edge interdisciplinary research methods and emerging technologies.
RIC faculty and staff provide (qualitative and quantitative) research design, methodological expertise, informatics, and statistical support through the Center for Health Equity Research’s Technical Assistance Group (CHER TAG), and SHERC-oriented workshops focused on the goals of the SHERC cores and health equity-related projects.
Requests to the CHER TAG involving health research in social, biomedical, behavioral, or clinical studies may have services covered through RIC funding. RIC also provides research infrastructure support to NAU faculty and community partners engaged in health equity collaborative research.
RIC structure includes:
CHER Technical Assistance Group
TAG faculty and staff have a broad range of expertise to assist with all aspects of project development associated with health equity research including qualitative and/or quantitative support for research design, methodological details, and statistical analysis.
RIC Methodological Education Workshop Program
This program includes opportunities for individual investigators and multidisciplinary groups to acquire cutting-edge methods and research protocols through attending internal and external workshops.
RIC internal workshop events
Content experts provide training for NAU faculty and staff, in a workshop format for a wide variety of methods and disciplines including research design and methodological/analytical tools that support health equity-related research. Workshops occur throughout the academic year and summer. Please see the RIC events page for a list of upcoming events.
RIC External Workshops
RIC also has limited support for faculty to attend external methodological workshops or trainings to enhance their health equity-related research skills. Determinations on funding are based on research goals (SHERC assists biomedical, clinical, social and behavioral, and health equity research) and willingness to disseminate knowledge back to the NAU community.
RIC Infrastructure Enhancement Program
Through this program, we will provide access to qualitative, quantitative, and other computational tools and infrastructure as well as key multi-disciplinary lab and field equipment needs.
RIC as limited funds each year to support equipment repair and/or service contracts. The equipment should be used for research associated with health equity related projects that include clinical, behavioral, sociocultural, and basic science paradigms. Priority will be given to equipment that has multiple users. At least 50% of the costs should come from matching funds.
Additionally, the RIC team has compiled a list of publicly available health-related electronic databases that NAU faculty can query in order to conduct their own secondary data analysis. These databases are searchable, and the data can be used to gather both general information and to access data that can be compiled to test novel hypotheses in social, behavioral and biological sciences. Please check out the links here:
Enhancing Interinstitutional Collaboration
We continue to enhance research at NAU through interinstitutional collaboration. RIC strengthens external interdisciplinary research partnerships to strategically build NAU research infrastructure in health equity-related research.
Specifically, RIC works closely with Arizona State University’s Institute for Social Science Research, Florida International University’s RCMI, and with other NIH supported centers, such as the American Indian-Alaska Native Clinical Translational Research Program (AI-AN CTRP).
These centers are able to support research infrastructure development and application of cutting-edge methods and analytical needs for SHERC faculty and research groups.
Data Use Agreement and Guidelines
For information on Northern Arizona University’s commitment to preserving, protecting and sharing data in accordance with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, policies, and higher education academic and scientific norms and best practices, visit the External Data Use Agreements page.
Please review the NAU Data Security Guidelines prior to any data use or collection.
Research Infrastructure Core—Our team
Research Infrastructure Core Lead
Regents’ Professor, Anthropology
Ethnographic research design and methods, community based participatory design, social network analysis, qualitative sampling reliability and validity, health care systems research, cross-cultural applicability research design
Associate Director for Research and Graduate Programs, School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS); Associate Professor, School of Informatics, SICCS
Statistical methods, database design, data quality, data entry, and coding, honest broker operations
Amy Gelatt, MPH, CHES
Research Coordinator, Center for Health Equity Research
Environmental determinates of health, environmental justice, health promotion and education, impact of greenspace on mental and emotional health, sustainable communities, structural determinates of health
Associate Professor, Anthropology Director, Social Science Community Engagement Lab
Research Design, Community Based and Community Engaged Participatory Research, Raid Response Research and Action, Qualitative Methods, Knowledge Dissemination, Minority Health, Health Equity
Michael Petillo, MS
Program Coordinator, Senior, Center for Health Equity Research
Applied Indigenous Methodologies, Qualitative and Mixed Methods, Data Visualization, Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation, and Community Based Participatory Research
Mark Remiker, MPH
Research Coordinator, Senior, Center for Health Equity Research
Mixed Methods, Medical Record Abstraction, Database Development, Survey Development, Psychometrics, Basic Descriptive and Inferential Statistics, and Program Expertise in REDCAp, Qualtrics, SPSS
Indrakshi Roy, PhD
Biostatistician, Center for Health Equity Research
Health Economist and Health Services Researcher, Medicare data, causal analysis, multilevel regression, instrumental variable, power analysis, SAS, STATA and R
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