Research Conducted with American Indian Communities
These studies test a new smoking cessation treatment tailored for American Indian smokers versus a standard treatment. The enhanced treatment is designed to be respectful of the sacred, traditional use of noncommercial tobacco (e.g., used in prayers, blessings and offerings) while helping American Indian smokers quit the use of commercial tobacco (i.e., cigarettes) that is harmful and addictive.
Principal Investigator, START Project: Stevens Smith, PhD, University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention
Principal Investigator, Pilot Study: Leah Arndt, PhD (Métis), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Educational Psychology
Partners: Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Menominee Tribal Clinic
This study seeks to build the public health capacity of Wisconsin’s rural and urban American Indian communities and clinics to accurately target and culturally tailor specific cancer programs and services.
Principal Investigator: Frank Wilson, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Radiation Oncology
Co-Principal Investigator: Elaine Drew PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine, Co-Principal Investigator
Partners: Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center; Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; Red Cliff Community Health Center; Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services; Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program; Wisconsin Cancer Council
This study seeks to prevent and reduce obesity in American Indian children and their adult caregivers. You can find more information here.
Principal Investigator: Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Family Medicine
Partners: Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin; Blackfeet Nation (Montana); First Nations Community Health Source (New Mexico); Seneca Nation (New York); South Dakota Urban Indian Health; White Earth Nation (Minnesota)
UW SOE is active in implementing the following eduational events and activities.
Share the Care: Wisconsin American Indian Cancer Conference - Annual statewide event
UW Indigenous Health and Wellness Day - Annual UW-Madison event which attracts American Indian pre-college students into the health sciences professions
Native Cancer 101: Biospecimens and Biobanking - Development of educational sessions using the Biospecimens and Biobanking module with American Indian community members and health staff
Cancer Clear and Simple: Handy Handouts - Culturally adapted cancer Information handouts for American Indian audiences
CHDI Visiting Scholar Series - American Indian / Alaska Native scholars are invited to UW-Madison campus to present on topics related to cancer among American Indians, including biospecimens, genetics, and cancer therapies
UW SOE is active in the following regional and national networks.