Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research

  • Burgess, Jefferey L (PI)
  • Harris, Robin (PI)
  • Teufel-Shone, Nicolette I. (PI)
  • Ingram, Jani Cheri (PI)
  • O'Rourke, Marykay (PI)

Project: Research projectSpecialized Center


? DESCRIPTION provided by applicant): The Administrative Core (AC) of the Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research (CIEHR) will serve as the nexus for all CIEHR Research Project and Core activities and interface with the public and government agencies. The AC will provide management, financial oversight, facilitation, coordination, training and evaluation. Organizational components supporting these activities include a Management Team addressing CIEHR business and integration, an Internal Advisory Board (IAB) fostering communication and synergy with other related University of Arizona (UA) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) Centers and Programs, and an External Advisory Board (EAB) assisting in programmatic evaluation and planning. To build sustainable tribal environmental health disparities research capacity, the AC will select and train early stage investigators and American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) community members through involvement of AI/AN students and tribal personnel in CIEHR environmental health research, supported by the Community Engagement Core (CEC) and Exposure Science Core (ESC), in collaboration with the Research Projects and the Pilot Projects Core (PPC). The AC will set overall CIEHR objectives and metrics to evaluate progress towards their completion and provide new insights as to the impact, meaning, and future direction of CIEHR. The AC will also spearhead the development of new collaborative research projects beyond the core funding, building on the CIEHR approach of incorporating exposure assessment, processes to evaluate and strengthen individual and community resilience, and health policy into research that builds AI/AN community capacity. Leveraging and integrating CIEHR projects, cores, tribal and academic partnerships, the AC will identify, develop and distribute innovative practices for sustainable AI/AN environmental health disparities research. Specific aims of the AC include: 1) Provide CIEHR administration, coordination and oversight; 2) Provide training, evaluation and planning; and 3) Develop innovative practices for sustainable environmental health disparities research. Anticipated AC outcomes include increased AI/AN community capacity for environmental health disparities research and health policy development. Key components will include identifying mechanisms for effectively partnering with tribes to use exposure assessment to address their environmental health concerns, learning how to best engage tribal resilience to mitigate adverse environmental exposures, and providing exemplars of how to use research to support sustainable tribal environmental approaches for improving community health.
Effective start/end date8/1/155/31/20


  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health: $700,000.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $700,000.00
  • National Institutes of Health


American Indian
research project
health policy
environmental research
housing conditions
academic research
financial management
health impact
research policy
pilot project
government agency
environmental health


  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Medicine(all)