Building a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for Alaska Native Health Research - Knowledge and Dissemination (KAD) (2006)

Brian Saylor, PhD, MPH
Carl Hild, MS


The purpose of the Knowledge Application and Dissemination (KAD) Core was to serve as the central resource for facilitating community based participatory research methodologies and health promotion interventions (in collaboration with the Cultural-Behavioral Core of theCenter for Alaska Native Health Research) to facilitate the transfer of knowledge to Alaska Native communities, and to be a clearinghouse on the health-related research and intervention information for Alaska Native Health Research Center (ANHRC). The central role of the KAD was to facilitate a communication network such that all aspects of ANHRC were carried out in partnership with Alaska Natives. This approach was consistent with the Principles for the Conduct of Research in the Arctic (IARPC 1990).


The specific aims of the KAD Core were to:


  • Assist the Administrative Core in identifying the health needs and research priorities of Alaska Natives.
  • Analyze and synthesize research results from existing, historical data sets, share these results with other units of ANHRC, and help to determine how existing data can be used to compliment ongoing research for subsequent RO1 submissions.
  • Provide technical assistance to ANHRC researchers and staff in communicating research findings to Alaska Native communities and organizations.
  • Assist in the interpretation of ANHRC research activities and results with Alaska Native communities and organizations and facilitate processes whereby Alaska Native communities and organizations can utilize ANHRC research to resolve health disparities in culturally appropriate ways.
  • Synthesize ANHRC research activities with similar research conducted elsewhere and communicate that analysis through regularly published newsletters and maintaining ANHRC web pages.
  • Provide policy level analyses of ANHRC research and provide leadership in advocacy for policy changes, in conjunction with the Alaska Native Health Board Epidemiology Center, and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium's Office of Alaska Native Health Research, as well as other Alaska Native organizations and communities.