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Summit focuses on American Indian health research

Event in April brings regional, national experts

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health will host its annual summit April 5-6 in Sioux Falls.

CRCAIH was established in 2012. It brings together tribal communities, researchers and health care entities to address American Indian health through transdisciplinary research.

The summit, now in its fifth year, provides networking opportunities and features presentations from researchers and experts in the field of American Indian health. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, M.D., director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, is the keynote speaker this year.

“The work of the CRCAIH team has drawn national attention,” said Amy Elliott, Ph.D., senior director for Sanford Research’s Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research. “We are honored to have Dr. Perez-Stable as our keynote speaker, and we’re excited to show what we’ve accomplished over the past five years.”

Five tribes from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota partner with the program. CRCAIH has supported three large research projects and 15 pilot grants, with a focus on social determinants of health.

Registration is free and open to the public. For information, go to The event is at the Sanford Center, 2301 E. 60th Street North, Sioux Falls. Pre-conference events include methodology and research regulation workshops and a poster session on April 4.

In September 2012, Sanford Research and its partners received a $13.5 million grant – the largest in its history – from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to create the CRCAIH.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 28,000 employees, including more than 1,300 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit

Jacqueline Palfy 
Sanford Health Media Relations 
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