Initiative for California American Indian Health Research and Evaluation (I-CAIHRE)
The mission of the Initiative for California American Indian Health Research and Evaluation (I-CAIHRE) is to improve the lives of individuals in California’s American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities by conducting high-quality research that is informed by and responsive to the community’s needs and perspectives. We understand that effective change requires a deep understanding of both the challenges faced by and strengths inherent within our Native communities, which can only be achieved through gathering relevant, community-informed data. Therefore, we are committed to providing research that incorporates community perspectives and supports meaningful, sustainable improvements in health and well-being for AIAN communities in California.
Areas of Research
Faculty and Staff
Claradina Soto, PhD, MPH (she/her)
Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences
Amy E. West PhD, ABPP
Tribal affiliations: Southern Cheyenne
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Director, Psychology Internship
Associate Director of Psychology Training
Grace Katie Bell MSN RN-BC CARN PHN
MOUD/SUD Nurse Consultant for Center for Care Innovations Addiction Treatment Starts Here, DHCS SOR and Tribal MAT projects
Daniel Dickerson, DO, MPH (Inupiaq)
Associate Research Psychiatrist
UCLA, Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP)
Andrea N. Garcia, MD, MS (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara)
American Indian Counseling Center
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Carrie Johnson, PhD (Wahpeton Dakota)
Clinical Psychologist and Vice President of Behavioral Health at United American Indian Involvement, Inc. (UAII)
CEO of Sacred Path Indigenous Wellness Center (SPIWC)
Lou Moerner (ani-yv-wiya)
Lou Moerner Consulting, Inc.
American Indian/Alaska Native Advocacy, Research, Training, Policy
Kurt Schweigman, MPH (Oglala/Sicangu Lakota)
Public Health Consultant
Albert Titman Sr. CADCII (Nisenan, Miwok, Pit River)
Deputy Director of Native Dad’s Nerwork Inc.
Cultural Integration Specialist
Darren Urada, PhD
UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
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