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July 10, 2014

Native American mother with her childNative Americans are exposed to considerable risk factors that significantly increase their likelihood of chronic disease, substance abuse, oral diseases, mental illness, and HIV-infection. NIH has released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that aims to develop, adapt, and test the effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention interventions in Native American populations (i.e. Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian).

The intervention program should be culturally appropriate and promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles, improve behaviors and social conditions and/or improve environmental conditions. It should be designed so it can be sustained within the entire community with existing resources, and, if successful, disseminated in other Native American communities.

NINR is interested in research across the lifespan targeting wellness, management of illness related symptoms and  enhancement of palliative and end-of-life care interventions, with an emphasis on individuals, families, communities, underserved, hard-to-reach, and vulnerable populations. To learn more about this FOA and NINR’s specific research topics of interest for this opportunity, please visit (R01). Applications are due May 12, 2015.

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