"Indigenous people and researchers: building collaborative partnerships and the importance of responsibilities, ethics, and values of research on the Navajo Nation"

The mission of the Navajo Nation Research Program is to support research that promotes and enhances the interests and the visions of the Navajo people: to encourage a mutual and beneficial partnership between the Navajo people and researchers; and to create an interface where different cultures, lifestyles, disciplines, and ideologies can come together in a way that improves, promotes, and strengthens the health of the Navajo people.

The Navajo Nation Human Research Review Board (NNHRB) was developed in March 1996 to guarantee ethical research for the Diné people. 

Press Releases

NNHRRB Research Study NNR-17.293 Receives American Planning Association State Award.

Good Job Dr. Jonathan Davis, PhD!

23rd Navajo Nation Council Recognized
and Awarded Sincere Gratitude and Appreciation
for Services to Navajo Nation Human
Research Review Board Members on 10-16-18.

(Members L-R:
Ms. Beverly Becenti-Pigman, Chairperson, - over 25 years;
Wallace McGilbert,- 7 years;
Dr. Raymond Reid, MD, - 22 years;
Dr. David Begay, PhD - 15 years;
Dr. Mark C. Bauer, PhD - 13 years ;
Ms. Ursula Knoki-Wilson, MSN, MPH - 11 years;
Honorable Jonathan Hale,
HEHS Chair, Dr. Kalvin White, PhD - 11 years;
Dr. Rebecca Izzo-Manymules, PhD – 13 Years. (Not in Picture).)

Good Job! and Thank You!

Past Events

NOV 26-Navajo Genetic Policy Development Work Group: Genetic Panel Session at Flagstaff, AZ (NAU)

Click here for video of panel discussion.    https://www.dropbox.com/s/vrvbwgnlromxv32/Navajo Genetics Group Panel - FINAL.mp4?dl=0

Upcoming Events


Genetic Research and Efforts to Develop A Genetic Research Policy for the Navajo Nation
MARCH 7, 2019
6-8 MST
AM 660 and FM 101.5



2019 Summer Food Service Program
Free Meals for ages 18 & Under
at participating schools
a message from Navajo DOH

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2019 SMIS Tech Camp-Summer Camp
July 15th-Aug 3rd
Saint Michael Indian School

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2019 3rd Annual Research Conference
NRN and AIHEC under IHS grant
September 23rd - 25th, 2019
Temecula, California

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Click here for flyer

The Belmont Report: 39 and looking good OHRP’s Belmont Report website has gotten a makeover! In 1979, the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research released a report titled “Ethical Principle and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research,” which is commonly referred to as the “Belmont Report.” Click here for more information

Educational Resources for Research Participants

Explaining research to prospective research participants can be challenging. One year ago, OHRP launched its public outreach website, About Research Participation, www.hhs.gov/about-research-participation, to help potential volunteers better understand research and make informed decisions. Since then, we’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the research and patient communities, and continue to hear about new and creative ways these materials are being used to educate prospective volunteers and improve the informed consent process.

Available resources include short videos about participating in research, and a list of questions for prospective participants to consider. All of the resources, including the videos, are available in English and Spanish. And because OHRP’s educational materials are free to the public, you can use any and all of them as much as you’d like! If you have any questions or would like source files for off-line use, email the education division at: OHRP-Edu@hhs.gov. If you’ve been using the About Research Participation resources in your institution, we’d love to hear from you!

Please consider sharing this information with your colleagues and other human research protection professionals and programs!


July 16, 2019
From 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NN Administration Bldg. #2,
NDOH Conference Room
Window Rock, AZ

07-16-2019 Meeting Agenda
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On August 20, 2019
From 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NN Administration Bldg. #2,
NDOH Conference Room
Window Rock, AZ

NNHRB 2019 Meeting Schedule

Meetings held every 3rd Tuesday of each month
at Navajo Department of Health East Conference
Room (NDOH)
(Schedule subject to change without advance notice)

** One (1) complete original NNHRRB application/protocol and ten (10) copies due to NNHRRB office by 5:00PM on submission date.


(Copies must be collated, stapled or binder clipped)

For information or inquiries, please contact Mike Winney at:

Navajo Department
of Health
Navajo Research Office
Post Office Box 1390
Window Rock, Arizona 86515

Telephone Number:
(928) 871-6929

Fax Number:
(928) 871-6255

E-mail Address:
michael.winney@nndoh.org or

Beverly Becenti-Pigman

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June 21, 2019 July 16, 2019
July 26, 2019 August 20, 2019
August 23, 2019 September 17, 2019
September 28, 2019 October 15, 2019
October 25, 2019 November 19, 2019
November 22, 2019 December 17, 2019