COPH Research Centers
The American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center (AIDPC) , has several research, education, and tribal outreach projects designed to reduce the unjust health disparity of diabetes and its multiple co-morbidities in American Indian Nations. Experts from the Colleges of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine are brought together in an interdisciplinary intellectual, research, and practice environment to reach the goal of a diabetes-free native world. Many key leadership positions are held by American Indian researchers including the Principal Investigator who is Oklahoma Choctaw. The AIDPC reaches all Oklahoma Indian Nations via their partnership with the Oklahoma Area Inter-tribal Health Board as well intensive collaborations with the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The AIDPC is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities which is a vital part of the National Institutes of Health.
The Biostatistics and Epidemiology Research Design and Analysis Center (BSE RDAC), in the Department of BioBstatistics and Epidemiology in the OUHSC College of Public Health, provides biostatistical and epidemiological expertise and collaborative support for research initiated by OUHSC investigator and community partners. Faculty, staff, and graduate research assistants in the BSE RDAC provide expertise in areas ranging from formulation of research questions, research design, study implementation and monitoring, data collection and management, data analysis, and dissemination of findings.
Center for Biosecurity Research
The Center for Biosecurity Research (CBR) is dedicated to conducting interdisciplinary, cross-cutting research focused on key questions in biodefense and emerging infectious diseases to enhance U.S. military force protection and homeland security. CBR scientists have broad expertise in microbiology, aerosol science, modeling and simulation, decision analysis, emergency medicine, and behavioral sciences. CBR capabilities encompass the full spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives threats. The Center is funded by a variety of Federal agencies including the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Research projects concentrate on cytotoxicity mechanisms and immunological consequences, bioaerosol dispersion and deposition, physiological and psychological responses to exposures, and behavioral dynamics of terrorism. Faculty members from the College of Public Health and the College of Medicine on the Health Sciences Center campus in Oklahoma City and the OU-Tulsa College of Medicine participate in CBR activities.
Center for American Indian Health Research
CAIHR is a multidisciplinary research organization and conducts health-related studies with American Indian groups. The focus of the research at CAIHR is to improve the health status of the American Indian population. CAIHR conducts epidemiological and clinical studies of health problems among these populations, with emphasis on diabetes and its many complications including heart disease, retinopathy, renal disease, leg vessel disease, and cerebral vascular disease. CAIHR also conducts studies focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. CAIHR has developed a productive relationship with American Indian tribes in Oklahoma including the Apache, Caddo, Comanche, Delaware, Fort Sill Apache, Kiowa, and the Wichita and Affiliated tribes located in southwestern Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation in northeastern Oklahoma, and other tribes across the nation.
Oklahoma Public Health Training Center
The OPHTC is dedicated to defining and closing gaps in public health education and training among the public health workforce in Oklahoma. This is accomplished through multiple objectives, including developing an academic and practice collaborative to promote workforce development, and assessing the training needs of workers and their organizations in relation to public health core competencies. Training resources are designed to enhance workers’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to provide essential public health services. The impact of the OPHTC’s efforts are evaluated and used to further the goal of workforce development. The OPHTC partners with state, local, and tribal health agencies, public health organizations, and other groups to reach as many individuals as possible.