The NNHRT Conference Committee welcomes abstracts addressing topics related to the theme of the 2nd Annual National Native Health Research Training Conference, Indigenous Research: Native Approaches to Sustainable Health, and focusing on AI/AN research-related activity consistent with the four tracks described below. We invite abstracts from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, and we are interested in a diversity of (inter-)national, regional, and local perspectives. Submissions by researchers, health care practitioners, health systems experts, and doctoral students engaged in research are welcome. Researchers from all organizational and institutional types (health service providers, governmental agencies, Tribal Colleges and Universities and other institutions of higher education) are encouraged to submit abstracts. We particularly welcome new scholars and members of AI/AN Tribes and other Indigenous populations interested in creating and engaging with a community of scholars through participation in the annual NNHRT conference.
Introduction & Background
In 2017, the Indian Health Service (IHS) launched the National Native Health Research Training Initiative (NNHRTI) to promote Tribally-driven research activity through educational and training opportunities, including the first of five annual conferences that will build capacity and disseminate new and best practices for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health research. The 5-year initiative and each of the five annual conferences are sponsored by the IHS and hosted by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), and the Native Research Network (NRN).
AI/AN research has led to important advances with respect to specific health issues (e.g., vaccines for preventable diseases, diabetes prevention) as well as approaches to conducting research in AI/AN communities (e.g., Indigenous and Community-based Participatory Research). Further, studies conducted by and for AI/ANs have demonstrated the benefits of designing and evaluating health care and research programs that are founded on cultural and traditional practices, spirituality, sovereignty, self-reliance, and collaboration. However, greater attention needs to be placed on developing research methods consistent with traditional AI/AN ways of knowing in evaluating and improving systems for health care delivery and research.
2nd Annual NNHRT Conference Theme
Indigenous Research: Native Approaches to Sustainable Health
The conference will have four tracks, which are described below. Examples of types of questions that could be considered for each track are included; however, these should not be considered exclusionary. They are intended only to be illustrative.
Behavioral Health (BH): Sessions within the BH Track seek to address the mental and behavioral health issues by sharing research impacting Native communities that demonstrate potential for effective and innovative interventions and innovative approaches to health care and community settings. Specific topics may include:
A completed Abstract Submission Form must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on June 18, 2018.
Types of Presentations & Submissions: Abstracts may be submitted for a podium presentation, either as an individual presenter or panel session, or a poster presentation.
Abstract selection and notification:
The NNHRT Conference Abstract Selection Committee (Committee) will review abstracts and assign the presentation date and time for each accepted podium-individual presenter or podium-panel session, and poster presentation on the conference schedule. The Committee reserves the right to accept abstracts as a podium-individual presenter, podium-panel session, or poster presentation.
If your abstract is selected for presentation, you will be notified by email with the presentation date and time. The notice will be sent to the presenting author of each abstract. If the study has more than one author, the contact person is responsible for sharing this information with their coauthor(s).
All presenters are required to register for the conference. The registration fee will be waived for all accepted presenters.
Podium Session: Session consisting of presentations of completed research, projects/best practices, methodology papers, and theory development/conceptual analysis papers. There are two types of podium sessions:
Poster Session: A visual display of work completed or in-progress. In-progress research will be considered only for poster presentations.
General Abstracts of all papers should reflect or include:
In addition, the Committee will use the following specific criteria when selecting abstracts for podium or poster sessions:
Research papers (including instrument development, other methodological studies and
research-based best practices)*:
Theory Development/Concept Analysis papers
Project/Best Practices papers
*A word about Literature Reviews as Research: To assist abstract submitters, the Committee offers this additional information:
The paper has not been presented or accepted for presentation at a regional or national meeting or accepted for publication by the abstract submission deadline.
Research, projects/best practices, and theory development/concept analysis undertakings must be completed by the abstract submission deadline to be eligible for podium presentation either as individual papers or as part of a panel. However, these papers will automatically be considered for poster presentation.
In-progress research or projects are eligible for poster presentation.
Completed research, projects, and theory development/concept analysis papers are also eligible for poster presentation.