Satellite Centers

Building on existing collaborative networks of Native health researchers, CAIANDTR incorporates 7 Satellite Centers that extend the parent Center’s impact to local stakeholder groups critical to growing and sustaining a successful translation research agenda specific to the prevention and treatment of diabetes among American Indians and Alaska Natives​.​

Map of the US showing the locations of each of the 7 satellite centers
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: Roxanna King, PhD (Lakhota descendant), Researcher, Southcentral Foundation

Co-Lead: Aliassa Shane, MPH (Shoshone-Paiute & Aleut), Researcher, Southcentral Foundation
The Pacific Northwest Satellite Center is housed 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: Gary Ferguson, ND (Aleut), Director of Outreach, IREACH, 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), Associate Director, Center for American Indian Health, University of New Mexico
The Central Plains Satellite Center is housed at 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 housed in 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​
A leadership transition is underway at the Northcentral Satellite Center.

Lead: TBD

Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building

13055 East 17th Avenue

Mail Stop F800

Aurora, CO 80045

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