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Training and Technical Assistance

The American Indian Research Program provides ongoing technical assistance and offers customized training to tribes and urban Indian organizations on subjects ranging from program methodology and development to use of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS).

See a list of upcoming training opportunities.

Contact us if you would like more information.

The American Indian Cancer Collaborative for Women's Health

Cancer is the third leading cause of death for American Indian of all ages. Breast cancer is among the most common forms of cancer in American Indian women, and breast and cervical cancer together warrant further study. The first objective of the American Indian Cancer Collaborative for Women's Health project is to expand breast and cervical cancer (BCC) infrastructures. The second objective is the expansion and enhancement of trainings and technical assistance to provide cultural sensitivity training, social marketing skills and other outreach skills. The Center will provide its expertise, technical assistance and consultation by providing cultural competency training and navigating urban health systems curriculum.

Funded by: Native American Cancer Research, Inc. through a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)

The largest state health survey in the nation, CHIS also hosts the largest sample of Native Americans/ data in the United States. As such, CHIS allows researchers, community groups and policy makers a unique look at the health challenges facing California's urban and rural native communities. The Center's American Indian Research Program staff collaborate on the survey's methodology and implementation and help to disseminate the results. The data is available free of charge through:

CHIS is conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health, the Department of Health Care Services and the Public Health Institute.

Other Training Opportunities

Center AIRP staff can custom design a training for your group or organization on a variety of topics, including methodology, focus group methods, social marketing and community mobilization, and conducting respectful research in tribal communities. Past clientele include:

  • American Indian & Alaska Native Core Capacity Program, Technical Assistance Workshop Evaluation methods training for the Center's for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) REACH 2010 program.
  • American Indian Train the Trainers Program, Los Angeles, CA Trained California tribal and urban communities in AskCHIS, the Center's free, on-line data tool for the California Health Interview Survey.
  • University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA Conducted focus groups on cancer and other health topics with Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community leaders.
  • American Indian Breast Cancer Prevention: "Turning Knowledge into Action!" Trained tribal and urban Indian organizations, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI) in performing community-based needs assessments as well as in communications, including social marketing and media advocacy.