Equity, Evidence & Engagement
Dr. Lorenda Belone and long-term tribal partnership awarded competitive grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
The Family Listening Program (FLP) is an Indigenous focused evidence-based intervention and has shown effectiveness in reducing child depression, anxiety, and enhanced protective factors of cultural connectedness and coping skills which has been rigorously tested with three southwest tribal communities (R01: 2014-2021) with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Family Listening Program (FLP) Culturally-Centered Dissemination and Implementation Project will examine the implementation of FLP while utilizing a community-based participatory research culture-centered science (CBPR-CCS) implementation strategy with three new southwest tribal communities. The work will be guided by the Interactive Systems Framework (ISF) and the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation and Sustainment (EPIS) model, this study will test our CBPR-CCS implementation strategy and evaluate its impact on FLP implementation outcomes (i.e., acceptability, appropriateness, feasibility, sustainability) and health outcomes (i.e., reduced child depression, anxiety).

The conceptual development and the project goals reflect the complexities of implementation within tribal communities. This study will continue to build on the long-term research partnership with the current R01 Tribal Research Teams (TRTs) in Jemez Pueblo (21 years), Ramah Navajo (20 years), and Mescalero Apache (15 years) that will provide the necessary foundation for this implementation grant. In collaboration with the TRTs, the partnership is perfectly poised to take this next step with three new tribal communities, beginning with the development of Community Advisory Boards (CABs) while utilizing a culturally-centered FLP implementation tool-kit that includes a curriculum, culturally adapted evaluation tool, digital stories, coaching guidance, and implementation plans (including recruitment, facilitation, and program delivery) for each community.

The research team, which includes the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Education and Human Sciences with the UNM Center for Participatory Research and our TRT partners, will provide a supportive implementation system to the CABs in the cultural-centering and implementation of their own FLP program. The long term goal is to build upon our expertise in CBPR informed by implementation science to strengthen a “culture-centered implementation model for tribal communities” for future studies on dissemination and for scale-up to tribes nationwide, as well as for wider applicability to other diverse underserved communities for reduced substance misuse and improved family/child health.

For more information, contact Dr. Lorenda Belone at: Ljoe@salud.unm.edu
Narrative Roots for Healthy Communities
Submitted By: Dr. Jaelyn deMaria, PhD

We are often confronted with false narratives about our communities, highlighting the negative symptoms of larger systemic problems. However, the narrative power shifts as individuals and communities construct our own visions of what health and justice look and feel like.

Multimedia storytelling is a vehicle for translating emotion through images and sound. It is a powerful tool to communicate and diversify the narrative landscape, from the ground up. The TREE Center supports innovative projects that provide space for communities in New Mexico to build our own narratives and envision healthy communities. The TREE Center supports multigenerational storytelling, using a health equity lens and is putting theory into action by including a digital storytelling component in the groundbreaking Equity ‘n Policy Institute. Working with the TREE Center Community Engagement and Development Core, five “Communities of Practice” will build their own narratives around the health policy changes they wish to see.

The TREE Center also supports a digital storytelling project, “Digital Storytelling through Indigenous Art: A Community Model for Behavioral Health Action,” led by Dr. Jaelyn deMaria (PI) and Dr. Kee Straits (community PI), which aims to build a new digital narrative model with Native and Indigenous artists that confronts negative stereotypes by shifting media focus away from deficits to highlight the natural and inherent strengths that are present in our communities.
Indigenous Data Sovereignty Shakes Up Research
Written By: Kalen Goodluck

As U.S. government scientists work to understand how COVID-19 affects the human body, tribal nations are still struggling with the impacts of the federal government’s inadequate response to the pandemic. Now, through a National Institutes of Health program called “All of Us,” tribal nations across Indian Country are pushing federal scientists to conduct disease research that serves Indigenous peoples in a meaningful way. Developing research practices in accordance with tribal consultation takes time, however, meaning that for now, tribal citizens are missing out on the program’s coronavirus antibody testing.

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Virtual Writing Studios:
Advancing Team Writing and Knowledge for Health Equity

Thursday, Fall 2020, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM


  • November: 12

  • December: 3 & 17

Nina Wallerstein, DrPH, Steven Verney, PhD & Lisa Cacari Stone, PhD
2020 NIH Rural Health Seminar: Challenges in the Era of COVID-19

Join the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) for the 2020 NIH Rural Health Seminar: Challenges in the Era of COVID-19. The seminar will bring together researchers, medical practitioners and others to explore topics in rural health. Learn and explore the impact of COVID-19 on rural populations, systems and workforce issues, and community engagement to respond to the pandemic.

Dr. Vincent Werito and Dr. Thomas Chavez will both present their pilot project studies as case examples to illustrate the rural health disparities and opportunities for future research with their community partnerships, The Impact of Racism, Inequality and COVID-19 on the Health of Latino Immigrants and Diné Populations: Priorities and Direction for Research with Communities. Dr. Cathleen Willging, one of our TREE Center Steering Committee members, will also present her partnership work in New Mexico: Elucidating Inequities under COVID-19- Real-Time Research into the Wellbeing of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Rural New Mexico.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)

Location: NIH Videocast

This seminar will provide an opportunity to engage and explore important issues of rural health. Sessions include:

  • Rural Population Impact and Response in the Time of COVID-19
  • Researchers and Community Partners Respond to the Challenges of COVID-19

Register for the seminar online. The event will be available on NIH Videocast and archived for those unable to attend in person.

To join the conversation on social media, please use hashtag #RuralHealth.
Live Online Professional NIH Grant Development Workshop
Master the techniques of writing superior winning NIH proposals

December 7-8, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Sponsored by the Grant Training Center

For the safety and well-being of all our workshop participants, rather than returning to the University of New Mexico, as planned, we will be holding this Professional NIH Grant Development workshop live online. It will include: the same length of instruction, interactive discussions, and one-on-ones with the instructor.

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Make the match with the appropriate NIH Institute, program and grant mechanism for their idea(s)
  2. Identify and avoid common pitfalls of a grant
  3. Write exceptional Specific Aims pages
  4. Effectively address each piece of the application
  5. Understand the review process and how to successfully write for reviewers
  6. Learn what actually happens in the study section
  7. Decipher pink sheets: The inevitable resubmission
  8. Build an airtight case for funding

Our ultimate goal is for you to walk away with a product specific to your interests, which includes the grant design, abstract and budget.

Questions? Call us at (866) 704-7268
Workshop Fee: $595.00 (includes comprehensive resources, a workbook, and certificate of completion)
Rebate of $45.00 per person is given for two or more registrants from the same organization.
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December 14, 2020
Discount: $50 off by registering for both the DOD and NIH workshops. Only the highest discount will apply.

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