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Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health

Native Children’s Research Exchange

What is the Native Children’s Research Exchange?

The mission of the Native Children’s Research Exchange NCRE is to bring together researchers studying child and adolescent development in American Indian and Alaska Native communities in the U.S. and Canada. We gather annually to share in an open exchange of information and ideas, build collaborative relationships, mentor new investigators, and disseminate knowledge about Native child and adolescent development.

NCRE was founded in 2008 with funding from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). With support from SRCD, we held our first conference in 2008 and a second conference in 2009. In 2010, the National Institute on Drug Abuse awarded five additional years of funding to support annual conferences from 2010 to 2014, with a specific focus on understanding Native children’s development within the context of substance use (R13DA029391). The first of these NIDA-sponsored conferences was held in August, 2010; the fifth is slated for this fall (2014).

Collectively, NCRE members work addresses the following priorities:

  1. Development of scientifically- and culturally-grounded theories and methodologies;
  2. Critical evaluation of measurements, assessments, and diagnoses for Native youth.
  3. Development culturally-based interventions effective for Native youth.
  4. Training and mentorship of developmental scholars whose work focuses on Native child and adolescent development.
  5. Education of funders about the unique context of research in Native communities and the critical importance of community-based participatory research methods.
  6. Building collaboration among all scholars interested in Native child and adolescent development.
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