Scientific Inquiry and Practice-Based Evidence for the Health of American Indians and Alaska Natives
The annual fall meetings for NARCH Investigators and Project Directors are timed to coincide with the NIH celebration of Native Heritage Month each November. There is generally a plenary lecture and poster session on the NIH campus and a day of technical assistance and NARCH-group discussions at or near IHS Headquarters. The purpose of these meetings is to cross-fertilize between program staff at the various NIH Institutes and the NARCH investigators. The meeting provides a showcase for results from the NARCH Projects, as well as an opportunity for NARCH investigators to learn more about the programs at specific NIH Institutes. There are several invited speakers and space for 20-30 posters from NARCH projects. Poster presentations are selected by program staff of IHS and NIGMS who review the submitted abstracts.
This year’s NARCH/NIH Fall Science Meeting has been scheduled for November 7-8. Both days will find us at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus. We will begin on Wednesday, 11/7, at about 11:00 AM. The featured speaker that day will be Dr. R. Dale Walker, Director of the One Sky National Resource Center for AI/AN Substance Abuse Services. We will also have two NARCH speakers for about 10 minutes each and the usual NARCH poster session that follows. Thursday afternoon is kind of a “NARCH open house” for NIH program staff, held in conjunction with the NIH Native Heritage Week celebration.
On Thursday, 11/8, we will hold the day-long meeting for NARCH Investigators, Project Directors, and other NARCH participants. We will have an opportunity to interact with one another as well as hear presentations from NIH program staff and leadership. We already have confirmations from Dr. Richard Nakamura, Deputy Director, NIMH and Dr. Howard Moss, NIAAA Associate Director for Clinical and Translational Research. We expect more to follow. This year we will also try to allow more time for discussion and interaction between folks from the various NARCH centers.
Day Two, Theme: Behavioral Health Research