"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

Navajo Nation Department of Health

  Reopening guidelines for in person training and meetings (General Public Related)

COVID-19 Safe Practices


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Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and You

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Blessing Ceremony Opens New Genomics and Health Research Lab
Researcher wants to ensure she shows respect for the Native Americans with whom she plans to collaborate

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Nez-Lizer caution Navajo public of the spread of the potentially deadly novel coronavirus

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Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and You

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Appointments to the Navajo Nation Human Research Review Board

The Health, Education and Human Services (HEHS) Committee of 24th Navajo Nation Council on June 16, 2021, appointing Dr. Rebecca Izzo-Manymules, PhD., Dr. David Begay, PhD., Mrs. Beverly Becenti-Pigman, Dr. Kalvin White, PhD. to serve on the Navajo Nation Human Research Review Board in accordance with Navajo Nation Human Research Code.


Community health workers improve birthweight of newborns in Health Start Program, researchers find

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Funding equipment for faculty is little-known but key SHERC mission

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'Resilient teamwork' preserves program during pandemic

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Faculty spotlight: Amanda Pollitt

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Report depicts frontline COVID experiences

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2021 education series now available online - The successful sixth annual Arizona Biomedical Research Centre Education Series is now available online

Resilience, Resistance, Renovation and Rebirth Virtual Conference,

Navajo Maternal and Child Health Needs Assessment Workshop,

COVID-19 and Social Determinants of Health: Impact on the Border,

Chemical Toxicants in Water: A GeoHealth Workshop in the Context of Climate Change,

Camplain earns spot in first INSPIRE program

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Smith awarded fellowship

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Williamson named associate professor

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Upcoming Events

2021 Bi-Annual Navajo Research Conference

** Virtual Conference **

October 19-21, 2021

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Thinking Zinc
Research volunteers needed

Sat-Sun, Oct 9-10, 2021
Blue Gap-Tachee Senior Center

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Supporting Ethical Research Involving American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) Populations OHRP Virtual Workshop

Thursday, August 26, 2021, 1:00 – 3:00pm EDT

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CHER and SHERC Events

Monday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m.–noon Arizona's Environmental Health Tracking Program, Niki Lajevardi-Khosh


Abstract submission for 2021 Navajo Research Conference

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Summer Research Enhancement Program

A unique training program for students interested in public health prevention research in Native communities

Program Outline

Program Brochure

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FAQs for Navajo COVID 19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

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!


October 19th, 2021
9:00 A.M.

Institutional Review Board

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November 16, 2021

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:
mrwinney@navajo-nsn.gov or

Dr. Rebecca Izzo-Manymules, Ph.D. Chairperson, rizzonnirb@gmail.com

Click here for 2021 Meeting Schedule file  
August 27, 2021 September 21, 2021
September 24, 2021 October 19, 2021
October 23, 2021 November 16, 2021
November 26, 2021 December 21, 2021