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Building Bridges: Advancing American Indian/Alaska Native Substance Abuse Research, A State of the Science and Grant Development Workshop


October 5, 2010 (All day) to October 7, 2010 (All day)
Rockville, Maryland, Neuroscience Center, Conference Rooms C & D
Agenda (PDF, 55KB)


Kathy Etz, Ph.D., Chair, American Indian and Alaska Native Coordinating Committee
National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research


Meeting Objectives:

  • Enhance substance abuse epidemiology, prevention, and treatment research among American Indians and Alaska Native populations:
    • Lay the foundation to network investigators working in this research area
    • Determine the state of the science of AI/AN substance abuse research, and identify research gaps with recommendations for next steps
    • Provide intensive technical assistance to early career investigators in this field

Meeting Implementation:

  • State of the Science Presentations
    • 19 presentations from NIH funded investigators
  • Expert Panel
    • 2.5 hour session to provide recommendations
  • Technical Assistance
    • 26 concepts reviewed, 32 travel awards
      • Prior to meeting: Concepts submitted, vetted, returned with comments for revision, distributed for review
    • Presentations, panel, Q & A
    • Individual concept review

Identified Priority Areas:

  • Multi-faceted interventions to address the complexities of substance abuse in this population including a focus on protective factors within Native communities
  • Support infrastructure development between and within universities and Native communities to provide a foundation for future research in this area
  • Technical assistance to new investigators to strengthen future research
  • Basic research in areas such as epidemiology including large scale investigations
  • Secondary analysis of existing data
  • Validated measures and tests of existing evidence-based interventions, perhaps culturally adapted or culturally grounded
  • Expanded models and frameworks to incorporate, for example, relationships, risk and protective factors, health services and health policy research
  • Further meetings on the state of the science and technical assistance opportunities

Next Steps:

  • Identify scientific gap areas and areas ripe for immediate action
    • Summary report on research direction/processes based on expert panel session
    • Find strategies to stimulate science
  • Work to disseminate science
  • Determine ways to support infrastructure development phase for communities and academic partners
  • Identify opportunities for technical assistance including web-based trainings, conferences, and grant development workshops
  • Continue outreach and networking of AI/AN Substance Abuse Researchers

Note: This meeting was held in with support from NIDA, NIAAA, NCI, and OBSSR.

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