Building a community-based participatory research center to investigate obesity and diabetes in Alaska Natives.

Bert B. Boyer, Gerald V. Mohatt, Cecile Lardon, Rosemarie Plaetke, Bret R. Luick, Scarlett H. Hutchison, Gabriela Antunez de Mayolo, Elizabeth Ruppert, Andrea Bersamin

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Abstract

The Center for Alaska Native Health Research (CANHR) is a community-based participatory research project aimed at understanding current risk factors for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in Alaska Natives living in Southwest Alaska. We utilize a multidisciplinary approach that includes assessment of genetic, nutritional and behavioral risk factors and their interrelationships with one another in the overall development of disease. The design of the CANHR project involved community participation in the development, implementation and interpretation of research results. We have developed a participatory research program that is designed to be culturally appropriate, relevant to community needs and interests, and respectful to our participants. This manuscript describes the organizational development of our CANHR study and the procedures employed in its progression to date.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-290
Number of pages10
JournalInternational journal of circumpolar health
Volume64
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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