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Navajo ABID Study Project

An Indigenous-led community-based multi-phase research study project

examining the stomach health of the Navajo people.

We will conduct 1 hour interviews to learn about your experience with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) treatment

You may be eligible if you are:

  • 18 years old or older

  • Live on the Navajo Nation

  • Took medication to treat Helicobacter pylori stomach infection in the last 3 years


Participate in the
Navajo ABID Study 
Phase II


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Navajo people are 3.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with stomach cancer than the Arizona and New Mexico White population.


The Navajo ABID study project is led by Dornell Pete, MPH, Ph.D., a Diné (Navajo) epidemiologist from the Northern region of the Navajo Nation. She has worked with tribal nations in the Southwest and with several Tribal Epidemiology Centers.
Through her work, she hopes to address cancer burdens in the Navajo people and in Native populations nationwide using community-based research practices. 

"As a Native cancer epidemiologist, I am recognizing the importance of centering my own community in cancer research discourse and co-leading projects with them to address cancer."

-Dr. Dornell Pete, MPH, Ph.D. 



Addressing intersectionality, supporting agency, and promoting community engagement are the core tenants of the Navajo ABID Study. Together, these tenets create values-based relationships and engage reciprocity to promote Indigenous-led research and build Indigenous knowledge that ultimately strengthens community wellness.
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Did you know?

The Navajo Nation

is comprised of

110 chapters, or communities

There are only 12 healthcare facilities on

or near the Navajo Nation- an area spanning over 27,000 square miles 

Four months into the COVID-19 pandemic,

the Navajo Nation had the largest per capita infection rate in the U.S.

The Navajo Nation has only 13 grocery stores - a result of unjust land and resource policies that have disrupted traditional food systems


cross-sectional study of

H. pylori prevalence in two geographic areas on

the Navajo Nation.


Follow-up study to Phase I.

A mixed methods study examining

H. pylori reinfection risk factors & treatment experiences of adults living on the Navajo Nation.


Dornell Pete, Principal Investigator

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Seattle, WA 


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