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Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity

Message from the Director

I am honored to welcome you to the Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity (INRHE), a research center at Florida State University College of Nursing in Tallahassee, Florida. The overall goal of INRHE is to partner with Indigenous peoples, communities, and organizations, nationally and internationally, to attain health equity. INRHE serves as the first Indigenous nurse led research center worldwide. We are committed to prepare students and to conduct research focused on reducing health disparities and promoting health equity among Indigenous people globally.  Please take this opportunity to visit all aspects of our website.

Our philosophy is reflected in our mission: “To partner with Indigenous peoples, communities, organizations, and supporters globally to attain health equity through research, education, and service”. Florida provides a unique setting that can serve as a global hub for connecting researchers and academic scholars for developing and implementing Indigenous health research. INRHE serves as the core for connecting Indigenous peoples and communities at the local, tribal, state, national, and international level with academic and research partners to guide and lead research, translation, dissemination, and capacity building efforts. INRHE has a particular interest in the global and transnational connections of Indigenous peoples and communities. Indigenous and non-Indigenous nurses globally serve as the catalyst for building strong relationships between Indigenous peoples, communities, organizations and research partners for the purpose of addressing health disparities and other barriers to the attainment of complete wellness and health equity. Nursing led research among Indigenous peoples worldwide needs to be conducted so that rigorous scientific inquiry will provide a significant body of knowledge to nursing and other health-care practices, prevention and intervention health programs, along with shaping health policy that will impact the health of all Indigenous peoples. Additionally, nurse researchers can bring a holistic perspective to studying Indigenous individuals, families, and communities involving a bio-behavioral, interdisciplinary, and translational approach to science. This agenda is in alignment with the nursing profession's mandate to society to optimize the health and well-being of all populations and with the overarching goals of Healthy People 2020

On behalf of the faculty, staff and associates of INRHE, I welcome your feedback, participation, and support in all INRHE endeavors.

John Lowe, RN, PhD, FAAN
McKenzie Endowed Professor for Health Disparities Research
Director: Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity (INRHE)