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Partnerships with American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

 

HONOR

Helping Our Native Ongoing Recovery

Many American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities struggle with disproportionately high rates of alcohol use in comparison to the general population. Despite this disparity, little information exists on effective alcohol treatments for AI/AN communities. Contingency Management (CM) is a low-cost intervention that gives participants rewards to reinforce positive behaviors, such as alcohol abstinence. Previous research suggests that CM is adaptable to many populations, and therefore might provide a promising alcohol treatment option for AI/ANs.

For the last five years we have been partnering with American Indian and Alaska Native communities to determine if contingency management for alcohol use is effective in improving outcomes in adults who are suffering from alcohol use disorders. The aim of this study is to determine whether rewarding abstinence from drugs, alcohol, or drugs and alcohol is the best way to reduce alcohol and drug use in a rural American Indian community. We have been partnering with these communities to determine whether a culturally tailored version of contingency management (which offers people rewards for abstaining from alcohol) can reduce alcohol use and lead to other healthy outcomes.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY TEAM:

 

Principal Investigator
Michael McDonell, Ph.D.

Dedra Buchwald, Ph.D.

Co-Investigators

Sterling McPherson, Ph.D.

John Roll, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Karl Alcover, Ph.D.

 

Lead Research Coordinator
Abram Lyons, MSW

 

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TEAM: 

 

Co-Investigators

Richard Ries, Ph.D.

Dennis Donovan, Ph.D.

PARTNERS

South Central Foundation - A Native-owned, non-profit health care organization serving Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Alaska. 

Urban Indian Health Care Clinic and Community Center in the Northwest 
 

Rural Reservation in the Northern Plains

COMPLETED RECRUITMENT

FINISHING DATA COLLECTION

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REWARDING RECOVERY 

Behavioral Health Collaborative for Rural

American Indian Communities

The Rewarding Recovery study is one of three research projects that make up a P20 center grant entitled The Center of Excellence to establish a Behavioral Health Collaborative in Rural American Indian Communities (BHCRAIC). The goal of BHCRAIC is to improve mental health and reduce substance abuse in rural American Indian (Al) communities through the development and dissemination of culturally appropriate prevention and intervention strategies. The Rewarding Recovery Study will determine whether an adapted contingency management intervention reduces alcohol and other drug use in 120 American Indian adults living in a Northern Plains community.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY TEAM:

 

Principal Investigators
Sterling McPherson, Ph.D.

Dedra Buchwald, M.D.

 

Project 1 Lead
Michael McDonell, Ph.D.

ANALYZING RESULTS

NO LONGER RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS

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Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education

The goal of the Native Center for Alcohol Research and Education (NCARE) is to nurture innovative research on health inequities among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) due to alcohol use disorders (AUDs), including their prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and consequences across the lifespan. One critical strategy for achieving this goal is to fund pilot projects that will develop novel prevention and treatment interventions for alcohol use disorders in AI/AN communities.

 

The Pilot Project Core of NCARE is designed to identify and allocate substantial funding to support pilot projects that rigorously test practices, treatments, educational efforts, and policies that can affect sustained, widespread reductions in AI/AN health disparities due to AUDs.

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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY TEAM:

 

Principal Investigator
Dedra Buchwald, M.D.

 

Pilot Project Core Lead
Michael McDonell, Ph.D.