Dr. Jacque Gray cultivates the growth of American Indian researchers.
Native Health Research Team
Front row, left to right: WanmdiWi Rose; Paula Carter; Jacque Gray; Sarita Eastman
Back row: Colleen Kagan; Melissa Wheeler; Kyle Hill; Michael Mudgett; Jason Champagne; Julii Green
Jacque Gray, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota’s Center for Rural Health, is the leader of the Native Health Research Team. This eclectic group of students, ranging from undergraduate to doctoral level, have come together to form the NHRT in order to meet a need that has been prevalent in Indian Country for far too long.
Gray is a Choctaw and Cherokee descendant, and has worked with tribes throughout Indian Country over the past thirty years. She has research experience with American Indians in the areas of health, depression, anxiety, veterans’ health services, spirituality, suicide, career counseling, and nutrition.
To Gray, the importance of having a Native Health Research Team is as simple as “growing our own.” The Team is about building a support network to help American Indian students in many ways, and teaching these students how to be researchers. For undergraduate students, it might be about finding a niche at the University to help them along in their studies, or it might be about learning how to do graduate-level research. For post-graduate students, the Team can provide resources to help with research, scholarships, funding, and networking, which can be invaluable.