The significance of the Lauhoe program lies in its developing Native research expertise, which will contribute to advancing HIV-related research careers of Indigenous students as well as science in the areas of health disparities via training in:
(a) innovative culturally grounded theory and models;
(b) the design of culturally derived and community-based basic and applied research;
(c) cultural adaptation of empirically validated HIV prevention interventions to test their acceptability and feasibility among Native populations;
(d) the development of novel culturally-based and theory-driven health interventions that address socio-cultural context and co-occurring mental health, substance use and traumatic stress;
(e) innovative methodologies (e.g., use of digital storytelling and video media for qualitative methodologies as well as “visual” as opposed to “oral” storytelling preventive interventions);
(f) the development of culturally based measurement with a particular emphasis on cultural protective factors, strengths, and resiliency; and
(g) the integration of innovative data analytic strategies such as multi-level analyses and social network analyses.