Tribal Review

Southcentral Foundation practices Tribal ownership of research.  So, what does that mean?  It means the Native Community is in charge of research that involves the customer-owner population. SCF Research facilitates the Tribal Review process, which SCF put in place to review all research requests.

In addition to SCF’s Tribal Review process, research occurring on the Alaska Native Health Campus may need approval by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and the Alaska Area Institutional Review Board (AAIRB).

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Tribal Review

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium reviews health related abstracts, manuscripts and proposals.  Submissions are reviewed by Abstracts, Manuscript and Proposal Review Committee (AMP-RC), Health Research Review Committee (HRRC), and the Board of Directors. Questions regarding ANTHC review can be mailed electronically to rampreview@anthc.org.

Alaska Ar­­­ea Institutional Review Board

The Alaska Area Institutional Review Board (AAIRB) is sponsored by the Indian Health Service Director’s Office who serves the tribal health organizations and tribes of Alaska. The role of the AAIRB is to help ensure that all human participant research observes three principles from the Belmont Report:

1.       Respect for persons
2.       Beneficence
3.       Justice

In addition to the Belmont principles, the Alaska Area IRB follows federal regulations 45 CFR 46 and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations when reviewing research with Alaska Native people in the Alaska Tribal Health System.

For more information, please email:  akaalaskaareaIRB@anthc.org.  To submit a project to the Alaska Area IRB please proceed to www.irbnet.org.

Contact Us

Research and Data Services
Nuka Wellness and Learning Center
4085 Tudor Centre Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

Phone
(907) 729-8623

Email
SCFResearchOffice@scf.cc

Who is involved in SCF Tribal Review?

The SCF Tribal Review involves the following groups:

  • SCF Research Department
  • SCF Research Oversight Committee
  • SCF Executive Committee and/or SCF Board of Directors

Why does it exist?

Acknowledging the History
Historically, people unfamiliar with the Native Community and culture conducted research on Alaska Native people.  Researchers came to our home communities, stayed long enough to gather information and left without sharing  results with us.  In some cases, Alaska Native people did not even know they were part of a research study.

Research Today
Research today is different.   The United States has different laws for research and informed consent requirements.  Now, Tribal health organizations like Southcentral Foundation oversee research.   Southcentral Foundation is even involved in prioritizing which topics  to study.  More Alaska Native people are doing the research. Because of research, we create new programs to meet the needs of the Native Community.

What is involved in SCF’s Tribal Review Process?

SCF Tribal Review approval is a multi-step process that starts at the conception of the research project and continues through dissemination of project finding. Each step in the review process can take 2-4 months. These steps are listed in the SCF Research Review Tracker. Keep in mind these steps are sequential, rather than concurrent. In other words, approval at Step 1: Concept Proposal is required prior to initiating Step 2: Alaska Area IRB. At each step, you will receive and update via letter or email, notifying you of the project’s approval status and indicating the next step.

Each group in SCF Tribal Review ensures research meets the following criteria:
• Project is research, as defined in the Definition of Research Questions.
• Research is aligned with SCF Vision, Mission, Key Points, Corporate Goals and Corporate Initiatives.
• Research provides respectful depiction and involvement of the Native Community.
• Research topics are handled appropriately. For example, sensitive topics like alcohol use require extra care.
• Quality of research design is according to SCF standards.

How do I know if my project is research?

Unsure if your project is research?

  • Consider the Office for Human Research Protections guidance (http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp)
  • Review the Definition of Research Questions.
  • Submit Definition of Research Questions and the Concept Proposal Summary Form to SCFResearchReview@scf.cc
  • Definition of Research
    “A systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.” – Department of Health and Human Services
    “Any experiment that involves a test article and one or more human subjects.” – Food and Drug Administration

How do I submit items for SCF Tribal Review?

To submit for SCF Tribal Review please email SCFResearchReview@scf.cc. Please contact SCF Research for submission due dates.

Step 1. Requestors must review the SCF Guidelines for Researchers

Step 2. Concept Proposal Approval – Submit the completed SCF Concept Approval Form to SCFResearchReview@scf.cc

Step 3. AAIRB Approval –  Once your concept proposal is approved by SCF you will need to obtain approval from the I.H.S. Alaska Area Institutional Review Board (AAIRB). Include a copy of your concept proposal approval letter from SCF when submitting your application.

For more information on the AAIRB submission process please contact the AAIRB office at:
Phone:  907-729-3924
E-mail:  aka-alaskaareaIRB@anthc.org

Step 4. Privacy Consultation – If AAIRB requires you to complete a Privacy Consult, please contact SCF at 907-729-4200.

Step 5. Proposal Approval – Once you have completed the previous steps, you may then submit your research proposal to SCF. Please email the SCF Proposal Summary Form to SCFResearchReview@scf.cc

Step 6. SCF Research Agreement
·        Once SCF Tribal Review has approved your completed SCF Proposal Summary, submit the signed SCF Research Agreement.
·        Final approval is contingent upon the signed SCF Research Agreement by the researcher’s institution as well as the SCF President/CEO.

Step 7. Conduct Research – Once all previous steps have been successfully completed, you may begin your research.

Step 8. Provide Annual Study Update  – Each year your project is open we ask that you please complete an annual update. Please submit the AAIRB Status Report and Renewal Application form to SCFResearchReview@scf.cc

Step 9. Obtain approval for dissemination of findings – At the end of your project before any results are shared, please submit for approval of Abstracts, Manuscripts, and Final Reports. Please submit the SCF Abstracts, Manuscript, Final Report Summary form to SCFResearchReview@scf.cc