CAICH provides a variety of services to researchers, American Indian communities, and the greater Kansas community. Each year, CAICH members spend over 2,000 hours working directly in American Indian communities.
Services to Researchers
The majority of the services we provide to researchers involve assistance with development of research projects and grants, implementation of research projects, and dissemination of research results. These services are provided through our Cores and are explained further on our Information for Researchers page. In addition to assistance with research, CAICH members are available to train research teams on community-based participatory research with American Indian communities or the general principles of community-based participatory research. We are also able to provide training on American Indian health disparities, cultures, history, and sovereignty issues. If you are interested in setting up one of these trainings for your team, please contact Jason Hale, MA, CAICH Assistant Director for Community Engagement & Education, at email@example.com or 913-945-7822.
Cultural Review & Monitoring Committee: The Cultural Review & Monitoring Committee (CRMC) operates as an extension of the KUMC Human Subjects Committee. This group of American Indian Center members reviews all research projects submitted to the Human Subjects Committee that are focused on American Indian communities. They help to ensure that all projects receive appropriate approvals from sovereign nations and clinics. They also check to make sure that researchers are conducting studies in a culturally appropriate way and that all results are provided to American Indian communities. Researchers can also submit their projects directly to the CRMC for input when preparing a grant proposal or beginning formative research to take advantage of input from American Indian researchers and community members prior to beginning a project. We are available to help at any stage in a research project, even if the project did not originally include American Indians and you would like to begin including them. If you would like to register your project with the CRMC, please click here.
Services to American Indian Communities
CAICH provides services to American Indian communities through our traveling primary care screening clinic, the GreeNation environmental health program, and health education programming, provided primarily to our partner and collaborative organizations.
Screening Clinic: In conjunction with our partners at the American Indian Health Research & Education Alliance, CAICH provides free health screenings as a service to local and regional Native communities, including both reservation and urban communities. We offer a variety of screenings, including anemia, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, hemoglobin A1C for diabetes management, diabetic foot exams, body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage, cancer risk assessments, heart disease risk assessment, lung function testing, vision testing, and more! We can also provide youth physicals with enough advance notice. If you are interested in bringing the clinic to your community, please contact Jordyn Gunville, Clinic Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-945-7811.
GreeNation: There are many factors that can impact our health for better or for worse. One aspect that affects our health is our environment. There are several types for environments, but CAICH's primary service focuses on the home environment. We spend about 90% of our time indoors and, on average, indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. CAICH offers home assessments though the GreeNation environmental health program. GreeNation educates American Indian home owners and renters about different health outcomes that can be caused by the home environment through assessments conducted in the person's home. We can also provide environmental assessments to American Indian business owners or landlords. In addition to home assessments, GreeNation offers group education sessions about environmental health and the home or workplace environment to American Indian community members or organizations. If you are interested in any of the services provided by GreeNation, please contact Joseph Pacheco, MPH, GreeNation Coordinator, at email@example.com or 913-945-7813.
Health Education: CAICH members can provide health education services to American Indian community members or organizations. We are able to accommodate almost any health topic that is needed. Some of our more popular topics include tobacco prevention and control, addiction, healthy diet and exercise, cancer prevention, suicide prevention and other mental health issues, stress reduction, and general healthy lifestyle information. You may also make a request for a specific health topic and we will make every attempt to accommodate you. If you are interested in health education for your American Indian community group or organization, please contact Jordyn Gunville, Clinic Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-945-7811.
Services to Kansas Communities
As part of our outreach and service activities and in conjunction with our partners at the American Indian Health Research & Education Alliance, CAICH members are available to provide education about historical and contemporary American Indian cultures to primary and secondary schools and other organizations throughout Kansas. Some of our more popular topics include American Indian song and dance, contemporary American Indians in Kansas, and American Indian art. You may also make a request for a specific topic and we will make every effort to accommodate you. If you are interested in cultural education for your community organization, please contact Jason Hale, MA, CAICH Assistant Director for Community Engagement & Education, at email@example.com or 913-945-7822.