BRIDGE (Building Research Infrastructure for Dissemination, Goals, and Education) built on the partnership between the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado and the Oglala Sioux Tribe Health Administration (OSTHA) to further develop the research infrastructure within the tribe and to create more effective mechanisms for research training and dissemination within the community.
The goals of BRIDGE were to help the tribe become a more equal partner in the research process and further enhance skills and expertise within the tribe to acquire funding for prevention and other program development and implementation. This funding allowed the tribe to hire a full-time research coordinator and a full-time research assistant. Discussions were held with a variety of community members regarding critical steps in advancing the community’s health research agenda. Targeted training was developed to enhance the cultural competence of university researchers coming into the reservation community and to enhance the skills of community members working in research. A tribal research conference was inaugurated in the summer of 2011, providing an opportunity for community members to directly hear reports of findings from researchers working on the reservation.
Focus groups with community members identified public health related research priorities: