Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research CoBRE

Researching American Indian & Rural Health

The Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research fosters a collaborative and supportive environment to build capacity and increase the impact of research on American Indian and rural health.

How We’re Funded

The NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences funds the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research. The grant supports a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) to facilitate the development of American Indian (AI) and rural health research in South Dakota.

What We Research

The level of health disparities in our region, coupled with the remote nature of our rural communities, calls for development of a community and population health research center with a focus on AI and rural populations.

How We Support the Scientific Community

The center supports and mentors junior investigators (project leaders) vested in issues specific to rural and AI health. This leads to greater stability, sustainability, and growth of regional research infrastructure. The leadership team provides project leaders with an individualized mentorship plan to enhance their professional skills and further their research goals to become successful, independent investigators.

The center also supports two interdisciplinary cores:

  1. Research Design and Biostatistics Core
  2. Research Ethics and Dissemination (READ) Core

These research support cores provide center affiliates and regional scientists with key expertise and access to the most current approaches.

Meet Our Team


Jill Weimer, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

External Advisory Committee

Kimber Richter, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Joy McCann Professor of Women in Medicine and Science
Director, UKanQuit at KU Medical Center Tobacco Treatment Service

Dedra Buchwald, M.D.
Director and Professor, Community Health
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University

Anita Kinney, Ph.D.
Professor of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Donald Nease Jr., M.D.
Associate Professor, Family Medicine
University of Colorado, Denver

Project Leaders

Emily Griese, Ph.D.
Exploring Trajectories of Social-Emotional Risk and Resilience for Rural Youth

Arielle Deutsch, Ph.D.
Exploring Community-based Syndemic Contexts for Alcohol Exposed Pregnancies in Rural and American Indian Women

Arielle Selya, Ph.D.
Etiology and dynamics of poly-tobacco use among adolescents in rural communities

Center Graduates

DenYelle Kenyon, PhD
Jessica Hanson, PhD


Past Symposiums

Sanford Population Health & Data Collaborative Symposium
October 11, 2018

Population Heath Research Summit
“Finding Your Narrative”
April 17 and 18, 2018

Sanford Health News

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