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Collaborative Action Toward Community Health (CATCH)

Collaborative Action Toward Community Health (CATCH) supports research and training aimed at treating mental health and substance abuse in rural American Indian communities. Using a transdisciplinary approach, CATCH brings together scholars from across the full spectrum of biological, social, and behavioral science, all working closely with Native experts and community members to advance the health of individuals and their communities.

CATCH was established by Washington State University (WSU) and the University of Washington (UW) in 2012 with funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), an organization supporting research addressing the elimination of health disparities and the improvement of minority health.

CATCH is organized into an Administrative Core, a Research Core, a Research Training Core, and a Community Outreach and Engagement Core. It is co-directed by 2 nationally recognized investigators: Dedra Buchwald, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director for Partnerships for Native Health at University of Washington (UW; view our companion site at UW); and John Roll, PhD, Professor and Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Scholarship at WSU Division of Health Sciences.

The Administrative Core provides direction and support to the following 3 cores and 3 research projects:


  • Research Core
    The Research Core provides the most efficient use of study resources by being closely involved in study design, sample selection, data collection, management, and analysis for all research projects.
  • Research Training Core
    The Research Training Core provides training in an effort to increase the number of American Indians in the health sciences by providing culturally relevant educational and research opportunities for Native students in graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Community Outreach and Engagement Core
    The Community Outreach and Engagement Core provides an infrastructure to increase knowledge of, access to, and use of beneficial behavioral interventions to reduce problems such as substance abuse in rural American Indian communities.

Research Projects

  • Contingency Management for the Treatment of Co-Occurring Alcohol and Opiate Use
    The goal of this research study is to use a culturally tailored behavioral intervention to increase alcohol and opiate abstinence among American Indian tribal members from a reservation in Montana.
  • Randomized Controlled Trial of Mobile Phone Text Messaging for Smoking Cessation
    The goal of this study is to use a culturally tailored text messaging-based smoking cessation intervention to increase the quit rate among American Indians. The intervention will be a randomized, controlled trial among an anticipated 1,500 American Indians across multiple tribal colleges and universities in Montana.
  • Promoting First Relationships: Strengthening Child Attachment in AI Communities
    The goal of this study is to collaborate with 1 tribal partner to develop, implement, and test a relation-based intervention strategy, Promoting First Relationships (PFR), in American Indian communities. The effectiveness of PFR will be determined by the improvement in caregivers’ sensitivity and responsiveness to their children and enhancement of children’s social and emotional outcomes, especially their attachment security with caregivers.

Publication and Presentation Protocol

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Publication and Presentation Proposal Form

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