Our goal is to assist and support rural communities, Tribes,
and governments at all levels to develop and implement
innovative and effective programs and initiatives to
improve health, well-being, and economic sufficiency.
About Sundance Research Institute
Sundance Research Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with offices in
Bethesda, MD, Spearfish, SD, and Sundance, WY. The
organization was founded in response to recognition that
rural communities, American Indian Tribes, and local
governments serving economically disadvantaged populations
have limited resources to address disparities in health,
well-being, and economic opportunity.
Access to health services is a major challenge in rural/frontier areas of the United
States, due to shortages of health professionals and
facilities, long travel distances, poverty and lack of
insurance, and technological barriers to specialized
services. Substantial disparities in health exist between
American Indians living on rural/frontier Reservations – for
example, average life expectancy of American Indians in South
Dakota is over a decade less than the average in the U.S.,
diabetes is three to four times as prevalent as for the U.S.
population, and American Indians diagnosed with cancer are
50 percent more likely to die than others. Rural and Tribal
communities similarly experience disparities in economic
opportunity and well-being, with limited job growth, low
wages and benefits, and declining industries that once
supported rural employment.
Sundance Research Institute offers services, technical
assistance, and substantive experience to assist rural
communities, Tribes, Tribal organizations, and other
entities to identify community needs and resources, develop
innovative strategies for addressing priorities, seek
funding from Federal and private sources to support and
implement new programs, and develop and strengthen skills
of local workforces to manage programs effectively.
Sundance Research Institute is committed to the principle
that successful programs are those that are designed and
implemented by community leadership and members who are
knowledgeable of culture, traditions, and resources. Our
role is to provide support and specialized technical
assistance and services that will assist communities,
Tribes, and other organizations to achieve their goals to
improve the health and well-being of their citizens.