Navajo Native American Research Center for Health Partnership (NARCH)
The Navajo Native American Research Center for Health Partnership is a collaboration between Diné College, a Tribal College of the Navajo Nation, and Northern Arizona University. The overarching goal of the Center is to improve the health and wellbeing of the Navajo people through the development of locally feasible and institutionally integrated public health training. This academic and experimental training will focus on culturally relevant approaches to building healthy communities and tracking the impact of efforts designed to build health equity. The aim of the Center is to create public health education programs and research experiences for Navajo high school, undergraduate, and graduate students to contribute to the capacity of Navajo Nation to undertake leadership roles in public health practice and biomedical research.
Students will gain experience and skills in conducting health research through field-based training, mentorships, and classroom based instruction. Educational programs designed to attract students, paraprofessionals, and professionals in public health and health research will support further development of American Indian scientists and health professionals.
This partnership is supported for 4 years (2017-2021) and is funded by the National Institutes’ of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS), S06GM123550.