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Innovation & Grants

Our role: Research leadership, mentoring and support

The Innovation and Grants department oversees each step of all research projects and initiatives involving NAH. This work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Research and evidence-based practice projects.
  • Internal initiatives.
  • Research collaborations with outside community partners.*  
  • Funded and non-funded research.
  • Multi-site clinical trials.
  • Population and community health.
  • Bio-banks and registries.
  • Medical resident and graduate student research required for graduation.

Examples of past projects

Examples of past research projects and innovations include:

  • Goal-Directed Animal Assisted Therapy in an Acute Care Setting.
  • Identifying Functional Characteristics of Patients with Successful Total Hip or Knee Arthroplasty.
  • Impact of an Independent Mobility Device on Mobility and Development in Special Needs Children.
  • Developing a Wide Awake Hand Surgery Protocol.
  • Evaluation of Non-Antibiotic Temporary Decolonization Program for Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections and Patient Isolation Days

NAH also conducts clinical cardiovascular research trials. Learn more about our award-winning program at the Cardiovascular Research Center.


*Outside community partners include: Northern Arizona University; Flagstaff Unified School District;  Pathogen and Microbiome Institute; Translational Genomics Research Institute; Sunnyside Neighborhood Association; North Country HealthCare; Native Americans for Community Action; Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority; the Navajo Nation; and others.