South Dakotan MD Fall/Winter 2013 - page 11

fall/winter 2013 •
H. Bruce Vogt, M.D., chair of Family Medicine at the University of South
Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and Jay Memmott, Ph.D, M.S.W., chair
of USD’s Department of Social Work, have been selected to receive funding
from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the Collaborative
Research Center for American Indian Health’s (CRCAIH) inaugural pilot
grants program. The grant will fund a project entitled “Assessing the Impact
of Lay Patient Advocate Training in Tribal Communities.” Only five research
projects nationwide were selected to receive funding.
The CRCAIH’s pilot grant program was created to
fund cutting-edge transdisciplinary research to address
health disparities experienced by American Indians
in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.
The projects were selected based on four
major scoring criteria, including purpose,
priorities and significance; scientific approach;
innovation and potential for future funding;
and investigators and environment. Proposals
were reviewed by eight transdisciplinary
minority health researchers from across the
United States and Canada with expertise in
a diverse set of fields, such as health sciences,
public health, ethnic studies, nursing, sociology
and epidemiology.
The CRCAIH is made up of Sanford Research,
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe,
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Great
Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center, Great Plains
Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, Medicine Wheel,
Inc., Missouri Breaks Industries Research, Inc.,
North Dakota State University, Oglala Lakota
College, Rapid City Regional, Sanford Health,
South Dakota State University, Turtle Mountain
Community College, the University of North
Dakota and the University of South Dakota. •
Vogt and Memmot Lead
Research Project, Earn Pilot
Grants to Address American
Indian Health Disparities
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