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CBPR with Tribal Colleges and Universities: Alcohol Problems and Solutions

Principal Investigator:
Bonnie M. Duran, Dr Ph
Associate Professor, Health Services
Indigenous Wellness Research Institute, School of Social Work

Date: September 30, 2009 to August 31, 2013
Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (5RO1DA029001-02)
Categories: American Indians / Alaska Natives

Other Investigators: Dennis M. Donovan, PhD (ADAI Director, Professor Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences) Co-Investigator


Description: Although there is some evidence that there is a large dispartity in American Indians and Alaska Natives alcohol, drug abuse and mental disorder prevalence rates, there has never been a study of problem drinking, drug use or mental disosrders at any ofthe 34 US Tribal colleges or universities (TCU); and existing data is not comparable. Student characteristics, enrollment, funding, faculty and staff composition, and economic context are drastically different in tribal colleges from non-tribal institutions; there is little external validity for studies conducted among other college populations. The long-term vision of this research is to reduce alcohol, drug and mental disorder (ADM) related-health disparities for American Indian and Alaska Natives (AIAN), and to increase postsecondary academic success.

This research project aims to conduct the first study of alcohol related problems at TCU and is the preliminary research needed to develop culturally appropriate and sustainable alcohol interventions at Northwest Indian College (NWIC) and other tribal colleges in the U.S. by using a community-based participatory research approach.

Aims are to: l.Compile and summarize the epidemiologic literature regarding AIAN college student alcohol and drug consumption patterns and mental disorder problems and interventions; 2. Conduct a needs and capacity assessment survey with 34 TCU to document what is known about ADM prevalence and susceptibility; b.Risk, protective factors and outcomes of ADM including academic outcomes;c.The extent of clinical level problems such as alcohol and drug abuse and dependence, common mental disorders and comorbidity; d. Best, promising and current practices for ADM prevention, screening, treatment and referral services; and e.TCU organizational capacity for student ADM interventions and academic programs; 3. Conduct focus groups to identify a menu of core elements of a comprehensive ADM intervention that is culturally appropriate, sustainable and evidence-supported; b.Effective ways to conduct outreach and screening for ADM services; and 4. Disseminate study findings broadly.

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