Indigenous Wellness Research Institute
The Indigenous Wellness Research Institute—a National Institutes of Health–designated Center of Excellence—collaborates with indigenous people in three areas: research, tribal capacity building and knowledge sharing. The Institute brings together community, tribal, academic and government resources, increasing its capacity to develop innovative, culture-centered and interdisciplinary social and behavioral research and education.
By developing partnerships with tribal organizations, the Institute ensures that research is responsive to the needs of regional indigenous communities. These relationships help build tribal research capacity and technology and create pipeline initiatives to encourage Indigenous youth to develop science and research skills in health disparities. The Institute is home to two research centers: one focused on indigenous health, and the other on indigenous child welfare and family wellness.