Director - Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity
Jun 24, 2022 6:45 AM
Dr. Alex Adams
Director - Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity

Dr. Adams brings a wealth of experience to CAIRHE as a nationally recognized and highly respected health disparities researcher. She recently was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Adams received her M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign and her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital/St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Adams’s husband, Erik Adams, M.D., Ph.D., teaches in the WWAMI Medical Education Program at MSU and also serves as a faculty mentor for CAIRHE.

Based at Montana State University, the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE) (“Care”) is an official state of Montana research center designated by the Montana University System Board of Regents.

CAIRHE's mission is to reduce significant health disparities in Native and rural communities through community-based participatory research (CBPR) that is considerate of and consistent with their cultural beliefs. CAIRHE serves the people of Montana as a robust, interdisciplinary research center with strong engagement in communities across the state (see map above). Using proven CBPR methods, the Center and its investigators conduct groundbreaking health equity research and interventions that make a profound, sustainable difference in the lives of Montanans. CAIRHE also maintains a growing statewide and national network of research partners, the Health Equity Network, including clinical organizations, public health agencies, foundations, and other centers, as a way to expand collaboration and dissemination of positive research outcomes.