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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

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

Substance use of all varieties has seen great demographic shifts throughout the United States in the past century. While attention

In Puerto Rico, the urgency of HIV infection is visible in shear numbers: the rate of diagnosis is the fourth

A group from the REACH Lab recently published a research paper in the 36th volume of the Puerto Rico Health Science

The REACH Lab's director of data analysis, Patrick Habecker, and principle investigator, Kirk Dombrowski, worked with other researchers to publish

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.