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DEADLINE EXTENDED: National Native Health Research Training Conference

by Yvonne Davis, Program Analyst/Evaluator, Division of Planning, Evaluation and Research, Indian Health Service

UPDATE: The Indian Health Service has extended the Call for Abstracts to Wednesday, August 2. In 2017, the Indian Health Service (IHS) launched the National Native Health Research Training Initiative (NNHRTI) to promote Tribally-driven research activity through educational and training opportunities, including this first of five annual conferences that will build capacity and disseminate new and best practices for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health research.

The first annual conference will take place from September 18 to 20, 2017 in Denver, Colorado and the theme is “Healing Ourselves: Cultural- and Traditional Medicine-based Approaches to Sustainable Health.” The 5-year initiative and each of the five annual conferences are sponsored by the IHS and hosted by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), and the Native Research Network (NRN).

The Conference Objectives will include:

  • Increased opportunities for AI/AN scientists and health professionals to share knowledge gained from health sciences research with AI/AN students and other scientists and health professionals.
  • Increased dissemination and use of biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and health science research findings to address the health needs of AI/AN communities.
  • Enhanced Tribal-academic collaborations and improvement for the ability of Tribes to better understand research findings, particularly related to the physical, biological, genetic, behavioral, psychological, cultural, and social implications of research.
  • Increased effective use of Traditional Medicine, Indigenous Knowledge, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge/Environmental Health to enhance protective factors/effects and to improve health outcomes among AI/ANs.


The Conference Committee welcomes abstracts addressing topics related to this theme. In addition, we invite abstracts from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. We are interested in a diversity of (inter-)national, regional, and local perspectives. Submissions by researchers, health care practitioners, health systems experts, and doctoral students engaged in research are welcome.

The conference will have five tracks:

  • Biomedical and Clinical Systems and Research
  • Injury Prevention
  • Native Men’s Health 
  • Traditional Medicine
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Environmental Health

Abstract Submission

We invite abstracts focusing on AI/AN research-related activity consistent with the five tracks. Researchers from all organizational and institutional types (health service providers, governmental agencies, Tribal Colleges and Universities and other institutions of higher education) are encouraged to submit abstracts. We particularly welcome new scholars and members of AI/AN Tribes and other Indigenous populations interested in creating and engaging with a community of scholars through participation in the annual NNHRT conference.

Types of Presentations & Submissions: Abstracts may be submitted for a podium presentation, either as an individual presenter or panel presentation, or a poster presentation.

Dates & Deadlines

Abstracts must be submitted and received no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT on August 2, 2017. For more information about the conference, conference tracks and abstract submission, including the abstract submission form, please see: Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  .

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Yvonne Davis, Program Analyst/Evaluator, Division of Planning, Evaluation and Research, Indian Health Service
Yvonne Davis, a member of the Navajo Nation, is a Program Analyst/Evaluator in the IHS Division of Planning, Evaluation and Research. Ms. Davis provides guidance and support for program evaluation with a focus on improving systems of care and identifies and evaluates innovative strategies that lead to accessible, effective, and culturally appropriate care. Ms. Davis has an MPH from the University of New Mexico.