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Summit at Sanford addresses American Indian health

CRCAIH event draws 350 to Sanford Center

(Sioux Falls, SD) – The inauguralCollaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) Annual Summit drew approximately 350 people to the Sanford Center on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Collaborative Research Center for American Indian HealthThe Summit included national speakers, panel discussions and training on topics like community engagement in research, regulatory knowledge and research ethics. Ten presenters filled out the two-day event.

In September, Sanford Research and its partners received a $13.5 million grant--the largest in its history--from theNational Institute on Minority Health and Disparities to create the CRCAIH. Its goal is to bring together tribal communities and health researchers from multiple disciplines to address health disparities experienced by American Indians in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.

The project includes collaboration from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Oglala Sioux Tribe (Pine Ridge). Sanford Research has also partnered with South Dakota State University; the University of South Dakota; the University of North Dakota; North Dakota State University; Turtle Mountain Community College; Missouri Breaks, Inc.; Medicine Wheel, Inc.; Rapid City Regional; and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

About Sanford Research/USD
Sanford Research/USD is a non-profit research organization formed between Sanford Health and the University of South Dakota. Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and represents the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with a presence in 111 communities, eight states and three countries. In 2007, a transformational gift of $400 million by Denny Sanford provided for an expansion of children’s and research initiatives, specifically finding a cure for type 1 diabetes, and has given Sanford Research significant momentum in its goal of becoming one of the premiere research institutions in the United States and the world. Most recently, a subsequent gift of $100 million by Mr. Sanford has paved the way to establish Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Research.

With a team of more than 200 researchers, Sanford Research comprises several research centers, including Children’s Health Research, Edith Sanford Breast Cancer, Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular Health, Center for Health Outcomes and Prevention, and the National Institute for Athletic Health and Performance (NIAHP).


Tim Gerszewski
Sanford Media Strategist – Sioux Falls Region
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