IWRI led a collation of U.S.A. Indigenous partners to convene the International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development (INIHKD) 2010 biennium conference. INIHKD's mission is to bring a cadre of international Indigenous representative together to create partnerships t5hat will explore the challenges involved in reducing health disparities that exist among Indigenous populations by creating forums that focus on workforce development, research, health services, and policy.
The Honor Project was a ground-breaking survey with six nationwide partners looking at the impact of historical trauma, discrimination and other stressors on the health and wellness of Native Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, transgender and Two-spirited men and women - a historically underserved poplulation. IWRI partnered with Native agencies to ground and contextulize the information gathered through the project. This process was truly a collaborative venture, involving community members at every step of the research process. Community driven research is just one of the many ways that IWRI respects indigenous knowladge, diversity and resillency
The major goals of this competitive supplement are to: (a) identify preliminary prevalence rates of trauma and violence and health outcomes for HIV+ AIs; (b) examine how cultural and spiritual coping factors moderate the effect of trauma on health outcomes; (c) explore strategies for coping with HIV and potential stigma; (d) identify barriers to HIV/AIDS services; and (e) document adherence to antiretroviral medications, traditional AI health and healing practices for living with HIV, and safer sexual practices post diagnosis.
Stress and coping mixed methodological study among HIV+ American Indians and Alaska Natives.
This was a tri-state training grant for Masters-level social work students working with American Indian and Alaska Native families in preparation for post graduate Indian Child Welfare practice.