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Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health (IRINAH)

Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health (IRINAH), a network of principal investigators and their partners, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was launched in 2011 through a program titled “Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American (NA) Populations.”

Native American populations are exposed to considerable risk factors that significantly increase their likelihood of chronic disease, substance abuse, mental illness, oral disease, and HIV infection. The IRINAH program was created to develop, adapt, and test the effectiveness of health-promotion and disease-prevention interventions in NA populations. The long-term goal of the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to reduce mortality and morbidity in NA communities. IRINAH also provides a forum for discussions on the challenges and opportunities to improve health in NA populations across the United States.

The first funding opportunity was through PAR-11-346. The second round of funding, PAR-14-260, was announced in 2014. Currently, more than 20 projects are funded through IRINAH.

The links below and in the navigation bar at the left provide information about the research project grant, as well as resources to help prepare a competitive application.