Core Services

Administrative CoreCommunity Outreach

Our Administrative Core promotes successful community-based participatory research on American Indian health disparities and helps to ensure our research meets the needs and expectations of our community partners. The core provides administrative management, budgeting, fiscal and project organizational support to all CAICH activities. Through this core, members can receive help with grant submissions, just-in-time information, and general grants management (e.g., submitting human subjects materials, annual reports, etc.) for all projects registered with the CAICH. They can also advertise their studies through our website.

Community Engagement Core

Our Community Engagement Core ensures the use of community-based participatory research (CBPR) in all CAICH projects. To assist with this, we help all CAICH members to obtain the appropriate permissions needed for working with sovereign Native nations. We can also assist with letters of support.
  • To ensure that CAICH follows the wishes of the community, we have multiple Community Advisory Boards (CABs), to which anyone conducting research with CAICH reports. These boards also help researchers develop projects that will work in the American Indian community. CAICH members can use our four boards:
  • Our longitudinal CAB meets quarterly to discuss research concerns. This group is made up of approximately 25 people, though it varies in size up to 40 people at different times. They meet both as a large group to hear about our research and in smaller groups to discuss individual projects and provide more specific input.
  • Our College and University CAB (CUCAB) is currently being created and will include 16 students from local universities and colleges, as well as representatives from some of the tribal colleges with whom we work in other states. The CUCAB currently has 4 members. This group will meet virtually quarterly.
  • We also have a 7-member Student Leader Advisory Board (SLAB) who meets quarterly with our longitudinal CAB to ensure appropriate youth outreach. This board will be expanding to 16 members.
  • Finally, we have a 10-member Executive CAB (ECAB) who meets monthly with the leadership of CAICH to provide more regular input on Center activities. This board also determines grantees for our Building Healthy Communities grants.

Our Community Core also helps with dissemination efforts of our researchers. We hold Community Research Forums annually to disseminate our research. Researchers present current research and discuss future projects with community members. Community members are also welcome to present issues of importance to them. We also have quarterly newsletters and an annual report that are sent to both academic and community partners, as well as a listserv of community members who are interested in research.

Our Community Core also ensures the rigor and validity of the qualitative research conducted through CAICH and provides oversight of qualitative data collection and analysis. Trained researchers representing both the community perspective (emic) and an outsider's perspective (etic) are available for qualitative data collection and analysis, as well as help with study design.

Environmental Health Core

Our Environmental Health Core or GreeNation, as we call it, provides services to community members and conducts research related to both the natural and built environment. Researchers who have an interest in environmental health or GIS mapping in the American Indian community can meet with our GreeNation team of researchers and community members for advice.

Law and Policy Core

Our newest core is the Law and Policy Core, which provides the knowledge and platform for American Indians to assert their rights as research participants and help develop laws and policies to improve the health of American Indian communities. Our primary goal is to protect American Indian research participants from unethical research by educating them about their rights as research participants. We strive to:
  1.  effect policy changes that would benefit American Indian health defined broadly to include physical, mental/emotional, spiritual and cultural health
  2.  require research projects originating at the University of Kansas Medical Center to be registered with CAICH's Review and Monitoring Committee
  3.  educate American Indians about current laws and policies that could affect their health
  4. educate and engage American Indians in the local political process. Our Law and Policy Core team is ready to talk with researchers about the policy implications of their research in the American Indian community.
The CAICH Review and Monitoring Committee works with the KU Medical Center Human Subjects Committee to ensure research conducted at KU Medical Center is approved through all appropriate tribes and organizations prior to beginning. It is also designed to provide researchers with needed information about working with American Indians prior to conducting research. Protocols should be submitted through our website prior to or at the same time as submission to the Human Subjects Committee.

Methods Core

Our Methods Core provides support for development and management of project specific databases, statistical analysis, and presentation of results in manuscripts and presentations through the Department of Biostatistics. The Core is divided into three sections, administration, database development and data management, and study design and data analysis. The Methods Core works in conjunction with the Community Engagement Core to provide expertise in mixed methodology for all CAICH projects.

Research Training and Education Core

Our Research Training and Education Core assists American Indians in entering the health professions by developing a career-pathways pipeline program for American Indian students at all levels of education. We recruit trainees and offer mentored training in an environment that facilitates interdisciplinary learning. Particular emphasis is placed on recruiting American Indian scholars at early stages of career development, including high school and undergraduate students. To have a more immediate impact on developing new researchers, however, we offer training for graduate and postgraduate trainees. Our overall goal is to encourage American Indian students to enter the health professions and foster the development of a new generation of researchers to address some of the most pressing health problems in this population. CAICH members can apply for assistance with their projects through the Research Training and Education Core. We pay undergraduate and graduate research assistants to help with CAICH projects. We also have summer and school-year interns available at the high school, college, and graduate level to assist with projects.

Last modified: Feb 23, 2017