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Health research can produce important new knowledge and answer questions related to serious health problems. Research must be done in partnership with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people to make sure studies are relevant and useful for communities and that results are communicated to and approved by community partners. Similarly, any publications resulting from research must be approved by the tribal community.

The Mission of the IHS Research Program

  • To support national health research, including human subject research protections and research related to health problems and the delivery of care to AI/AN people

Major Activities of the IHS Research Program

  • To help develop individual AI/AN and tribal capacities to achieve their research related goals through technical assistance and dissemination of research findings;
  • Serve as liaison to other federal agencies, universities, foundations and other interested entities to promote and facilitate research important to the AI/AN people;
  • Review all research in the IHS to ensure maximum tribal involvement and compliance with 45 CFR Part 46;
  • Develop and evaluate new research methods to improve accessibility of appropriate care, clinical operations and effectiveness, and patient outcomes; and
  • Promote health sciences research as a career choice for AI/AN people.

For further information please feel free to contact:

Rachael Tracy, MPH, Research Director
Director, Division of Planning, Evaluation, and Research
Office of Public Health Support
Indian Health Service
5600 Fishers Lane, MS 09E10D
Rockville, MD, 20857