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Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health


Center for Diabetes Translational Research

The CAIANDTR will provide core services and consultation locally, regionally, and nationally in areas relevant to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease’s (NIDDK) translational research agenda, specific to AI/ANs, but generalizable to other segments of the general population. 

We have 6 cores:
  • 1) An administrative structure that promotes excellence in translational research specific to improving diabetes-related health. Included within this core will be Pilot and Feasibility and Enrichment programs; 
  • 2-5) Four Resource Cores (Engagement; Technology; Implementation, Dissemination, and Diffusion; and Sustainability) designed to facilitate a multidisciplinary, culturally grounded, problem-oriented translational research program of major scientific and programmatic importance, and 
  • 6) A National Resource Core for other investigators around the country seeking to work with AI/AN communities, as well as to those struggling to pursue diabetes translational research in rural and other racial/ethnic minority populations.

The Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Diabetes Translational Research (CAIANDTR) employs Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance (RE-AIM) as our primary conceptual framework in the development of our multistage and multilevel approach to translational research. ​ 

The Figure below depicts our vision of the interactions among the CAIANDTR Cores with input from communities, advocates, and the CAIANDTR Research Base—all focused on the goal of reducing diabetes-related health disparities among AI/AN peoples.


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