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Tyanne Conner, a descendant of settlers from Ireland, England, and Scotland, is the Native Boost Project Manager at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB). In her free time she enjoys creating all manner of things including watercolor paintings, fiber crafts, and new recipes from garden delights. When she is not at home, she and her wife can be found wandering the beaches and mountains in search of mushrooms, rocks, sticks, and other treasures to incorporate into art projects and recipes.
Supriya (she/her) received her MPH in Global Health Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. She serves Tribal communities and urban Indian centers in the Great Lakes regions by providing technical assistance with program evaluation and data analysis.
Stephanie Paz is a Tigua Indian from Ysleta del Sur Pueblo. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Public Health candidate in Health Behavior and Health Promotion from New Mexico State University. Stephanie has vast experience working in American Indian and Alaska Native health, working with different health boards such as the National Indian Health Board, Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. She is currently a Lead Consultant for Good Medicine Tribal Public Health Consulting.
For the past year, Lana has worked in the Epidemiology department to promote and increase vaccinations for the AI/AN adults who are part of Montana and Wyoming Tribes. Previously, Lana worked as an accounting assistant until taking time off from work to care for her parents. Being a caretaker has given Lana better understanding for the needs of the Elder community.
Shemira Castellanos-Cervantes is a Tribal Public Health Educator working with Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (RMTLC) from the CDC Foundation. Prior to her current position, Shemira worked as a Case Investigator with RMTLC and assisted Tribes with contact tracing and case investigation. Shemira has been working for the CDC Foundation for over a year now and has been working specifically with Tribal communities. Shemira graduated from Beloit College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Public Health. In 2018, she graduated from Northwestern University with a Master of Science in Global Health.
Ms. Tesfai has more than 15 years of experience in public health and public health research publications. Her experience is within the areas of epidemiology, quantitative and qualitative surveys, vector control, education, communication, and social marketing.
Danner has professionally worked in Tribal Health since 2015 and has extensive experience in Indigenous health issues; specific areas include sexual health, harm reduction, research, and infectious disease prevention. He also has a profound love for viruses.
Anna Morgan is an award-winning graphic designer with nearly two decades of experience creating materials that are designed with accessibility in mind for a variety of target audiences using an assortment of visual solutions for print, video, and web designs. In addition, Ms. Morgan provides expertise in designing culturally appropriate products concerning issues that affect underserved populations, including suicide prevention, substance misuse, mental and behavioral health, health care, vaccine awareness, and safety.
Tam Lutz, MPH, MHA, CPST is the Maternal Child Health Programs Director and Native Boost Project Director at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.
Emily an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Emily has been working in Public Health for many years in various capacities and over the past four years as the Epidemiology & Disease Prevention Program Manager for the Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center.
Lakota Scott is Diné from Arizona. She is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with a certificate in Natural Childbirth; completed her ND training at the National University of Natural Medicine. She works as an integrative healthcare provider in private practice and as the Native Boost Provider Expert at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.
Dr. Wendee Gardner, DPT, MPH, a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, has spent over a decade working in Indigenous health. Wendee began her career at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, where she worked with Tribal partners to develop a first-of-its-kind sexual health intervention called Native VOICES. Wendee also headed the Youth Department at the National Indian Health Board, where she directed a health policy fellowship for youth. In 2019, she founded Good Medicine Tribal Public Health Consulting to offer high-quality public health services to Tribal communities, universities, federal agencies, and other allies working to promote Tribal health and healthcare.
Mariah has worked to improve the health of Alaska Native (AN) Peoples since 2015. Mariah’s focus areas have included clinical research exploring the uses of motivational interviewing to improve cardiovascular health and smoking cessation rates in adult AN populations, and coordination of activities for the 12 nationwide Tribal Epidemiology Centers. Mariah’s most recent focus is the design and implementation COVID-19 and influenza projects to educate communities and influence messengers on the importance of receiving associated vaccinations.
Ms. Tinka Duran received her MPH at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She serves as the Senior Director for the Great Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center (GPTEC) of the Great Plain Tribal Leaders Health Board (GPTLHB). GPTEC was founded in 2003 as a core component of the GPTLHB. GPTEC’s mission is to provide leadership, technical assistance, support, and advocacy for the 18 tribal nations and communities serviced by the Great Plains Area Indian Health Service in order to achieve our vision of eliminating the disparities in health that currently exist for tribal peoples within the four-state region of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Ms. Duran is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Cassandra has a broad background in public health, with specific training in social and behavioral research, program evaluation, spatial analysis, and survey development. As an evaluator or coordinator on several locally and federally funded grants, she participated with Tribal Nations on community-based participatory research studies to foster an equitable partnership characterized by power-sharing, mutual benefit, co-learning, capacity building, and most importantly social action to address public health issues prioritized by the Tribal Nation.
Erin is an epidemiologist that works with Tribes in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas through the Oklahoma City Area Tribal Epidemiology Center. Her work with the Tribes includes survey development, program development, data collection, data for grant construction, and technical assistance requests.
Julie has worked professionally in the communications field since 2014. Her career has intentionally focused on positions that intersect with health care, public health, or science-related trades. She is passionate about using health communication to help individuals and communities improve their health and quality of life.
Karin has worked in Public Health information since the COVID-19 pandemic began as Public Information Office for the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Task Force. She works in vaccine advocacy and promotion through GPTEC with the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board and is creating new materials and training for the Great Plains Region.
Michele is a health educator with over 25 years of experience and chose this pathway to contribute to the vitality of Indigenous peoples and to influence western approaches to public health for Native Americans so tribes can realize their own self-defined health goals. In 2015, Michele graduated from Arizona State University School of Social Transformation with the first Pueblo PhD Justice Studies cohort.
Melissa has 20 years of population health experience specifically in dental health and hygiene. She has served various populations in many countries to achieve quality health through resource accessibility and education.
Emily serves the Tribal communities within the Great Lakes region. This includes supporting efforts to improve the health of Tribal communities through community-based research, partnership development, and technical assistance. Emily received her MPH in Epidemiology through the University of Minnesota. Emily’s areas of expertise are immunizations and health equity.
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