A statewide team of researchers from the UA, NAU and Diné College received funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to conduct a study that will investigate American Indian health.
The group established the Center for American Indian Resilience with a $6 million grant. The center works to learn about health from stories of success in American Indian communities.
"I was pretty adamant that we would not have a health condition in the title of the center," said Dr. Nicolette Teufel-Shone, professor of health promotion at the UA's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and the university's lead researcher on the study. "(There are) the centers for obesity prevention or diabetes prevention. And, I just thought, 'This is just labeling communities by a health condition,' and that can't feel good."
She said CAIR allows tribal communities take ownership of the project, and avoids identifying an entire community through a chronic ailment, such as obesity or diabetes.