We recognize that the best outcomes are achieved by working directly with communities and helping communities to develop their own unique approaches and capabilities. Sundance Research Institute assists communities through organizing and providing trainings of community members and staff of community programs to improve technical skills in research design, survey design and data collection methods, confidentiality and HIPAA requirements, grant-writing and grants management skills, cultural sensitivity/awareness skills, human resources management skills, and business management processes and operations skills. We also support communities to identify priority health and well-being issues through jointly conducted assessments of needs, resources and opportunities, community strengths and weaknesses, and community priorities. These collaborative activities are conducted with support from Federal, State, and private foundation grant-makers. Our current projects include small program evaluations that provide information and data to assist communities and Tribes to monitor and improve the services they offer to residents, trainings and workshops on specific issues that help develop skills of program staff members, and large multi-year interventional and evaluation efforts.
Sundance Research Institute staff members have experience in many substantive areas and have worked previously for Federal government agencies, universities, major research, survey, and statistical organizations, health systems, and health associations. This diverse prior experience allows us to reach out to other organizations and experts to meet specific needs for expertise beyond the internal capabilities of our organization.
Featured Current Project: Honoring Your Heart on the Wind River Indian Reservation
Honoring Your Heart on the Wind River Reservation is a coordinated clinical-community health education program aimed at increasing cardiovascular health knowledge and reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors among members of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The two-part program consists of Honoring the Gift of Heart Health classes and the Group Lifestyle Balance Program, the latter of which focuses on physical activity and healthy diet. The program aims to produce measurable improvement in clinical measures (e.g., reduction in blood pressure levels, cholesterol, triglyceride levels, weight), as well as improve participant knowledge about cardiovascular disease and increase participants’ confidence in their ability to self-manage their heart health.
Honoring Your Heart is funded by a two-year $436,852 grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program. The program awards Foundation grants of $150,000 and more annually to U.S.-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations or similar nonprofit organizations working to improve cardiovascular health in their communities.