Northwest Native American Research Center for Health (NW NARCH)

The overall goal of the Northwest NARCH (NW NARCH): Enhancing health equality in Northwest Tribes is to develop a cadre of highly trained AI/AN biomedical and health researchers who are sensitive to the culture and specific concerns of Northwest Indian communities, and who can bring the benefits of academic research to these communities to reduce health disparities.

The NW NARCH is operated by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB)—an Indian organization uniquely qualified to administer NARCH based on an active membership of all 43 Northwest Indian tribes.

The NW NARCH will accomplish its goal through two training programs:

  1. A mentored scholarship program for AI/AN trainees at the post-graduate level
  2. The Summer Research Training Institute for AI/AN Health Professionals

We will also develop an extensive infrastructure for training and supporting AI/AN researchers in high quality health research. This project offers AI/AN researchers the extensive health research training opportunities of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU).

This project is lead by Principal Investigator, Thomas Becker, MD, PhD.