Diné College-Shiprock Campus - College students from as far away as Alaska are currently undergoing training for a unique, hands-on approach to learning diabetes prevention research.

The Summer Research Enhancement Program in Diabetes Prevention Research is a ten-week program designed to provide a culturally supportive atmosphere. Each student is encouraged to adopt a strong multi-cultural approach in diabetes prevention research.

The ten-week long program is a collaborative effort between the National Diabetes Prevention Center Southwest (NDPCSW), Diné College, the Navajo Nation and the Pueblo of Zuni.

The research program has three parts. The first is the three-week training program at Diné College, Shiprock Campus where students will be developing research technique skills. Topics covered include public health, epidemiology, statistics, health promotion and disease prevention, and research methods.

At the end of the three-week training program at Diné College, each student researcher will be placed at one of the NDPCSW Partner locations. There, while under the direction of a health care professional the students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of ongoing diabetes prevention research projects. At the conclusion of the program, the students and NDPCSW partners will participate in a conference where experiences in diabetes research will be shared.

Students and instructors are available to speak with the media concerning the program and what they hope to accomplish.

The National Diabetes Prevention Center Southwest is a program of the University of New Mexico.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322