Not a One-Size-Fits-All Approach: Building Tribal Infrastructure for Research Through CRCAIH

Am Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res. 2019;26(2):42-70. doi: 10.5820/aian.2602.2019.42.


The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) was created to foster tribal partnerships in the Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota regions to increase capacity for tribal research. Since 2013, through community engagement and technical assistance from CRCAIH's cores and divisions, seven tribal partners have expanded research infrastructure and recognize the benefits of an established tribal research office. This manuscript showcases the unique approaches individual CRCAIH tribal partners have taken to build tribal research infrastructure. The unique experiences of the CRCAIH tribal partnership holds valuable lessons for other tribes interested in increasing research capacity through research review, regulation, and data management.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Community-Based Participatory Research* / organization & administration
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American*
  • Intersectoral Collaboration*
  • Minnesota
  • Minority Health*
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota