"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. 

Good Job!

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!



November 20th, 2018
From 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NN Administration Bldg. #2,
NDOH Conference Room
Window Rock, AZ

11-20-2018 Meeting Agenda
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On December 18, 2018
From 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NN Administration Bldg. #2,
NDOH Conference Room
Window Rock, AZ


Upcoming Events

Navajo Genetics Working Group Panel Discusssion

November 26, 2018
6:00-9:00 PM

1001 S. Knoles Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ 86011


Good Times in the Badlands? You Bet!

Free! Free! Got your attention yet? OHRP is co-sponsoring a free educational workshop with Regional Health on Tuesday, October 30! Taking place in the grand Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, the 2018 Research and Compliance Educational Workshop has been designed for the human subjects research community: current IRB members and research staff, as well as future researchers and participants. Participants in this one-day interactive workshop will learn about how ethics and regulations impact scientific research, informed consent, vulnerability research and more, and also hear from a human subjects research panel. View the full agenda at https://regionalhealth.org/sites/default/files/2018Agenda.pdf. To register, email Regional Health at education@regionalhealth.org with your name, occupation, company, address, and phone.

We’re Not in Kansas (Yet.) But Save the Date!

Join OHRP for a Research Community Forum co-sponsored by University of Kansas Medical Center on April 17-18, 2019! Taking place at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, KS, this Forum’s theme will focus on using technology to improve communications and, ultimately, improve community engagement in research. Stay tuned for updates!

NEW Video! Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) *Available in Spanish*

OHRP’s latest video explains the concept of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), to help prospective participants understand the role of IRBs, how they work, and who serves on them. View the video in English at www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8fme1boEbE&feature=youtu.be, or in Spanish at www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXdlT9oWusc&feature=youtu.be In step with this latest video on IRBs, OHRP has been working to expand the Spanish-language materials available on its public outreach website, About Research Participation (www.hhs.gov/about-research-participation). We’ve received very positive feedback on the materials, and encourage you to use and share them! Visitors can find short videos about participating in research, a printable list of questions that potential volunteers can ask researchers, as well as infographics to help Spanish-speaking members of the public understand protections that exist for research participants. Trial coordinators and research staff can use these materials to facilitate and improve the informed consent process. We hope the availability of these materials in Spanish will help the research community and general public. Any questions? Email us at OHRP-Edu@hhs.gov and we’ll help you out.

Just Hosted Another Great RCF—Now It’s Your Turn!

OHRP sponsors two to three Research Community Forum (RCF) events each year across the U.S. to promote the protection of human subjects in research. We just finished hosting a terrific RCF with East Carolina University. Now we’re looking for partners to host an RCF in 2020 or beyond! RCFs are great because they combine two educational events: a one-day conference focused on current practical and ethical issues in human research protections, and a one-day workshop focused on HHS regulations and policies. OHRP provides a small financial contribution to support each RCF. RCFs are generally planned around 2 years in advance, so make a splash in 2020! Please visit our website at www.hhs.gov/ohrp/education-and-outreach/educational-collaboration-with-ohrp/research-community-forums/index.html to learn more information about what RCFs entail, as well as find helpful links on how to co-sponsor.

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!



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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