Montana State University

Center for Native Health Partnerships sets open house on Dec. 14

December 10, 2009

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The Center for Native Health Partnerships based at Montana State University will hold an open house at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, in 319 Leon Johnson Hall.

The event will include an opening by MSU's Bobcat Singers drum group, refreshments and door prizes.

The event celebrates the opening of the Center for Native Health Partnerships office, according to Deb LaVeaux, program manager, and Suzanne Christopher, principal investigator.

Christopher explained that the CNHP's goal is to improve Native American health through community- based participatory research. Community-based research is a research technique in which the community decides the type of research it needs and participates with the investigating researcher at each step.

Christopher said CNHP does this by funding community-based research projects throughout Montana tribal communities and working with a local community organizer located on each reservation that coordinates the local work. CNHP funds grants of up to $10,000 per year, and pilot grants of up to $50,000 to the communities and researchers in Montana's tribal communities, Christopher said. The center's funding comes from a grant from the National Institutes of Health National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

For more information about the center, its work, or the open house, go to its Website at or call the center at 994-4690 or toll free at (1-866) 746-3151.

Suzanne Christopher (406) 994-6321,