The Alaska Satellite Center is housed in the Research Department at Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, AK. Southcentral Foundation is a nonprofit health care organization established in 1982 to improve the health and social conditions of Alaska Natives and American Indians and has over 55,000 active users. Its Research Department pursues research consistent with and informed by the SCF health care mission.
Lead: Denise Dillard, PhD (Inupiat), Director, Southcentral Foundation
Co-Lead: Ann Collier, PhD, Senior Researcher, Southcentral Foundation
The Pacific Northwest Satellite Center is led by Dr. Ka’imi Sinclair at the Institute for Research and Education in Community Health (IREACH) at Washington State University. IREACH is an interdisciplinary group of researchers and clinicians devoted to understanding and promoting quality healthcare, particularly in underserved populations.
Lead: Ka`imi Sinclair, PhD, MPH (Western Cherokee), Associate Professor, College of Nursing at Washington State University
The Southwest Satellite Center is housed in the Center for American Indian Health at the University of New Mexico. The Center specializes in workforce development, community engaged research, community health assessment, capacity building, program planning, and project management.
Lead: Tassy Parker, PhD, RN (Seneca), Professor, Family and Community Medicine; Director, Center for American Indian Health, University of New Mexico
Co-Lead: Nathania Tsosie, MCRP (Diné), Instructor, Center for American Indian Health, University of New Mexico
The Central Plains Satellite Center is led by Dr. Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Director of the Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy (CIHRP) at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Jernigan has established a rapidly growing research portfolio with Oklahoma tribal nations focusing on empowerment and advocacy interventions using participatory documentary methods, on community-based participatory research and health policy, and on environmental and policy strategies to address obesity and diabetes.
Lead: Valarie Jernigan, DrPH (Choctaw), Professor, Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
The Southeast Satellite Center is led by Dr. Turner Goins at Western Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Sciences. Western Carolina University is a public university and is one of the 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina system. Dr. Goins is currently working closely with the Eastern Band Cherokee Indians and other state-recognized tribes throughout the southeastern U.S. and publishes extensively regarding diabetes management among older American Indians, the co-morbidities that complicate their care, and risk of mortality.
Lead: Turner Goins, PhD, Ambassador Jeanette Hyde Distinguished Professor, Western Carolina University
The Northcentral Satellite Center is led by Dr. Tiffany Beckman at the University of Minnesota. The only board-certified American Indian endocrinologist in the U.S., Dr. Beckman’s research on food preferences, eating behaviors, and obesity among American Indians have led to more nuanced approaches to diabetes prevention and treatment.
Lead: Tiffany Beckman, MD, MPH (Chippewa), Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota