Promoting integrity and excellence in research in an environment

that is collaborative, supportive, and builds capacity.

Native Research Network 26th National Native Health Research Conference

Conference Theme:  “Finding the Balance:  Sacred Places and Healthy Environments”


June 5-8, 2016


Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

777 Casino Dr.

Cherokee, NC 28719

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Artist Jake Swimmer and family.


This conference enhances our collective ability to advance biomedical, behavioral, and health services research for the benefit of Indigenous communities, as well as showcase recent health research projects and efforts in Native communities.


Please register using the online form below, or download and mail in the event registration form available from the menu at the bottom of the page.

Overall Conference Objectives
  1. Explore and discuss research related to environmental health science including Native ways of knowing.

  2. Discuss and disseminate research findings that can be translated into health policy and best practices for Native populations.

  3. Advance a research agenda to meet the unique and changing health care needs in Native populations.

  4. Explore and discuss health disparities-related issues of social determinants and health equity to achieve cultural safety and healthy environments for Native people of all ages and settings.

  5. Provide a forum for professionals to network with Native students for the purpose of educating students about Professional memberships, career development, and research opportunities.

Pre-Conference Workshops


1. Indian Health Service Institutional Review Board (IRB) Training


June 5, 2016, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM • Download Agenda PDF

Sponsored and hosted by:
Indian Health Service, Office of Public Heath Support, Division of Planning, Evaluation, and Research; National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute, and Department of Bioethics; and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

IHS and NIH will provide a one-day training on important issues related to IRB activities. Topics will include: Overview of 45 CFR Part 46 and the IRB review process; Orientation to IHS National and Area IRBs; Opportunities and challenges to establishing and maintaining an IRB or Research Review Committee; Tribal IRB jurisdictional issues; CRCAIH IRB toolkit; and an open discussion session.


2. Shifting the Paradigm: Moving from Academic Model of Research to Tribal Research


June 5, 2016 • 1:00-4:00 PM • Download Flyer PDF

Presented by Dr. Thomas Ball


If you wish to conduct a half-day or all-day pre-conference workshop, please submit an abstract to Lillian Tom Orme at and Ronny Bell at by March 13, 2016.

  • March 13 -abstract submission

  • April 1 - deadline for early bird registration

  • April 22 - deadline for student applications for travel assistance

  • May 6 - cut-off date for discounted room rates


For your convenience, we have provided the following documents as downloadable files: