Native and rural communities in Montana suffer from severe health disparities. The mission of the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE) is to reduce health disparities across the state through community-based participatory research that is considerate of and consistent with local cultures.

Since early 2015, CAIRHE has supported three primary research projects each year. For more about each project, click on the links below or use the drop-down navigation menu on the left side of the page.


Carmen Byker Shanks

Research Project

Project Leader Carmen Byker Shanks, Ph.D.; MSU Department of Health and Human Development

Vanessa Simonds

Research Project

Project Leader Vanessa Simonds, Sc.D.; MSU Department of Health and Human Development

Monica Skewes

Research Project

Project Leader Monica Skewes, Ph.D.; MSU Department of Psychology