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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

REACH researchers Roberto Abadie, Bilal Khan, and Kirk Dombrowski recently contributed to a paper published in the December issue of Drug

Members of the REACH lab published a paper in Substance Use and Misuse in November titled "Injection Partners, HCV, and

Injection drug users are at exceedingly heightened risk for contracting infectious diseases like Hepatitis C and HIV, and risk behaviors

REACH graduate research assistant Ian Duncan presented at the annual American Society of Criminology conference in November. Duncan's presentation titled

Ongoing results of studies concerning the United States War on Drugs uncover how policies have raised the incarceration rates of

While injection drug use poses a large risk for the spread of infectious diseases like HIV and HCV, people who

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.