Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH)

The purpose of the NARCH initiative is to support partnerships between AIAN Tribes or Tribally-based organizations and institutions that conduct intensive academic-level biomedical, behavioral and health services research.

Objectives include:

  • Increasing development and training opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native scientists, health professionals and students to learn and share findings from scientifically meritorious research and explore methods for further study and evaluation of practice-based projects.
  • Enhancing tribal academic collaborations and improving the ability of Tribes to use research findings to address the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  • Reducing health disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives.
  • Promoting health research methods to better understand the effects of traditional Indian medicine, indigenous knowledge and traditional ecological knowledge on American Indian and Alaska Native health.

The Student Health Research Development (SHRD) provides lectures by Native scholars in health policy, culturally competent research, and careers in health to UA students on campus and funds summer research scholarships.
The Faculty Research Development (FRD) program provides training and research opportunities and uses a cohort development model to provide mentoring and career development in health research.