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Native American and Aboriginal Health


Over the last two plus decades, PIs Whitbeck and Dombrowski have worked with and in Native American communities across North America on issues of health, culture, traditional lifeways, healing traditions, and community well-being.

This work has changed our teams and our outlooks on the research process. As we move into the latter half of our third decade in this work, we continue to look to the roots of our earlier years in Native American / American Indian and Inuit/Inupiat communities to help chart our way forward.

Recent Blog Posts for Injection Risk Networks in Rural Puerto Rico

In collaboration with El Punto en la Montaña, our syringe exchange partners in rural Puerto Rico, our team participated in

Duncan I., Curtis R., Reyes J.C., Abadie R., Khan B., Dombrowski, K. 2017. Hepatitis C serosorting among people who inject

Abadie, R., Welch-Lazoritz, M., Dombrowski, K., Khan, B. 2017. “Social Determinants of HIV/HCV Co-Infection: A case Study from PWID in

2016 Kirk Dombrowski, Bilal Khan, Patrick Habecker, Holly Hagan, Samuel R. Friedman, Mohammed Saad “The Interaction of Human Social Systems

2017 Melissa Welch-Lazoritz, Patrick Habecker, Kirk Dombrowski, Angelica Rivera Villegas, Carmen Ana Davila, Yadira Rolón Colón, Sandra Miranda De León,

A new article was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer that focuses on one of Puerto Rico's solutions to the heroin

Funded Projects:

Currently our projects concerned with Native American and Aboriginal health include “Developing Effective Proximal Care to Prevent Rural Alaska Native Youth Suicide”, a collaboration with Dr. Lisa Wexler at the University of Massachusetts, funded by the National Institute of Health / National Institute of Mental Health R34MH096884. Recent prior work includes “Informal Social Networks in Two Labrador Communities” funded by the National Science Foundation, Division of Arctic Social Sciences ARC-0908155. This project took place in Labrador Canada, from 2009-2013.