The National Academy of Medicine named Dr. Spero M. Manson the recipient of the 2021 Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health for his 43-year career dedicated to improving the mental health of American Indians and Alaska Natives — and bringing a culturally informed lens to the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of mental health conditions.
The Centers are proud to announce a new issue (Vol. 28, No. 1) of our journal, American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. This issue predominantly features articles concerned with American Indian and Alaska Native youth and young adults.
A study by Spero Manson, Director of the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, and colleagues found that American Indians living with diabetes report lower social support and coping skills and greater days with poor physical and mental health compared to individuals without diabetes.
Manson received the Elizabeth Fries Health Education Award at the annual meeting of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). The $25,000 award goes annually to an educator who has made “a substantial contribution to advancing the field of health education or health promotion through research, program development, or program delivery.”
Many ColoradoSPH faculty and leaders participated in a recent virtual town hall event that hosted a deep discussion on the skepticism of the COVID-19 vaccine in Black, Hispanic/Latinx and American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Although diverse communities bear the biggest burden of the pandemic, they grapple with fear and distrust.
Dr. Evan White has ben awarded funding through the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to explore cultural protective factors among American Indians using a neuroscience approach.
The Centers are proud to announce a new issue of our journal, American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. The authors in this issue come from institutions across the country to share research on a diverse range of topics related to AI/AN health.
Two former NCRE Scholars are being honored this month for service to their communities. Alicia Mousseau, PhD (NCRE Scholars Cohort 1), was elected Oglala Sioux Tribe Vice President in the November elections, and Ashleigh Coser, PhD (NCRE Scholars Cohort 3), was named one of the 2020 award recipients of the “Native American 40 under 40.”
The Native Children's Research Exchange (NCRE) is now accepting applications for Cohort 9 of the NCRE Scholars Program, a career development program for early career investigators and late-stage graduate students. Applications are due August 31, 2020.
The NIMHD Center of Excellence in American Indian and Alaska Native Health Disparities Alzheimer’s Disease/Related Dementias and Precision Medicine announces a funding opportunity for early stage investigators in the field.
Carrie Clifford, a Māori graduate student, spent five months studying indigenous child mental health with the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, hoping to take new skills and perspectives back to New Zealand.
Since coming under the aegis of ColoradoSPH at the school’s creation in 2008, the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health have further cemented the role of telehealth in the care of veterans nationally, and in expanding mental health services for remote tribal areas reporting high levels of substance use and trauma.