The Tribal Early
Childhood Research Center (TRC), in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center
for American Indian Health and Michigan State University’s Office of Outreach
and Engagement hosted a Summer Institute July 13-17, 2015 at Johns
Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for American
Indian Health. A limited number of scholarships were awarded on a
competitive basis. Detailed information about the course is provided
The Early Childhood
Research with Tribal Communities course (number 221.665) was offered to
American Indian and Alaska Native tribal early childhood program directors and
staff, health and education professionals and paraprofessionals, and others
interested in tribal early childhood development. Course goals were to: 1)
explore research methods and theoretical approaches to understanding early
childhood development and intervention strategies in tribal contexts; 2)
consider optimal systems of early childhood care in population settings with
considerable environmental and structural challenges; and 3) examine unique
aspects of tribal research and culture, emphasizing the importance of
community-based and community-engaged approaches.
The objectives for
this course were to prepare participants to:
1. Discuss early
childhood programs, intervention research, and community/cultural
considerations related to family and school-based approaches to promoting early
childhood development in tribal settings;
2. List basic concepts
of research study design, implementation, and analysis within tribal contexts;
3. Identify a research
question relevant to early childhood development in tribal communities and
suggest appropriate research methodologies to answer that question; and
4. Use research to
inform early childhood program, practice, and intervention improvement.
included lectures, group discussions, individual work, and a final paper
for those taking the course for credit.
Method of Student
were graded on: (1) class attendance and participation; (2) individual
work, and (3) a final paper (for credit only).
was designed for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal early childhood
program directors and staff, health and education professionals and
paraprofessionals, and others interested in tribal early childhood development
and research. Prerequisites included experience living or working in/with
American Indian and Alaska Native settings/communities and experience/interest
in early childhood development and research with tribal communities. Previous
formal training in research methods
was not required. A bachelor’s degree was required to take the course for
credit. Students without a bachelor’s degree could take the course as
Allison Barlow, MA,
MPH, PhD Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health;
Jessica Barnes, PhD, Associate Director, University-Community Partnerships,
Michigan State University; Ann Belleau, AA (Ojibwe), Head Start Director,
Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc.; Doug Novins, MD, Professor,
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Myra Parker, MPH, JD, PhD
(Mandan-Hidatsa), Consultant, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute; Michelle
Sarche, PhD (Ojibwe), Associate Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz
Medical Campus; John Walkup, MD, Director,
Division Child &
Adolescent Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College; Nancy Whitesell, PhD,
Associate Professor, University of Colorado.
A limited number of
travel and tuition scholarships were awarded on a competitive basis.
Applications were due May 1, 2015. The deadline for applications has now
passed and all the scholarships have been awarded.
Questions and Contact
If you have any
questions about the TRC Summer Institute course, scholarships, and
registration, please contact Nicole Pare by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 410-955-6931.
Funding for the TRC
Summer Institute and Scholarships:
The Tribal Early
Childhood Research Center is funded by a grant from the Office of Planning,
Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families to
the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Centers for American Indian
and Alaska Native Health. Additional scholarship support is provided by
the Johns Hopkins University, Center for American Indian Health.