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Seth Allard
Posted On August 15, 2022 6:53 pm
FOCUS Seth’s research interests center on military and veteran suicide and Native American youth suicide. Seth pursues collaborative and qualitative research on the experiences of vulnerable and marginalized communities experiencing chronic health disparity. His research approach is heavily informed by community-based participatory research, creative ethnographic writing, autoethnography, medical anthropology, interdisciplinarity (specifically the intersection of social… View Article
Santino Giovanni Camacho
Posted On October 13, 2021 7:05 pm
FOCUS Queer and Transgender Pacific Islanders (QTPI) have historically been in the margins of Pacific Islander communities and have endured the erasure of their identities and experiences. Systemic racism, settler colonialism, heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia have been institutionalized into health systems, which are intended to promote well-being, but are often culturally mismatched, which widens health… View Article
Lauren M. Peters
Posted On September 27, 2021 4:35 pm
FOCUS There were fourteen Unangax children buried in the Carlisle Indian Industrial School cemetery in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, including Lauren’s great aunt Sophia. In other parts of the country, families suffered the same losses, including sixty-seven more Alaskan children buried in Chemawa Indian School in Oregon. How do we return our children who were stolen over… View Article
Rumana S. Rabbani
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:46 pm
FOCUS Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline workers with lived experience of their communities, yet historically have been a marginalized workforce. Rumana’s preliminary research shows institutional racism and power is a root cause for barriers of integration and licensure, and inequities such as funding, and notably a lack of power, voice, and agency. Her research… View Article
Melissa Horner
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:06 pm
FOCUS Every day, tribal nations and Native individuals interrupt and heal the effects of intergenerational historical trauma caused by past and present settler colonization. Melissa’s research focuses on how, when, and where these Native-led healing approaches occur. To explore and understand the particularities, she draws on community-based participatory Indigenous methodologies and takes an interdisciplinary approach… View Article
Melinda M. Adams
Posted On November 29, 2020 2:04 pm
FOCUS Melinda is a doctoral student in Native American Studies and also conducts research in Environmental Policy and Management at The University of California, Davis. Her dissertation will focus on the social, ecological, and cultural importance of revitalizing cultural burns (prescribed fires conducted using Traditional Ecological Knowledge). Melinda’s community partners include the Patwin (Wintun) fire… View Article
Jordyn Gunville, MPH
Posted On November 25, 2020 9:07 pm
FOCUSAs part of the program, Jordyn’s goal is to reduce infant mortality among American Indian infants through research examining prenatal and postnatal care interventions. As a part of this work, she also seeks to end the bifurcation presented regarding maternal and infant health, recognizing that these reinforce each other. One of the issues with examining… View Article
Emmanuella Asabor
Posted On November 25, 2020 8:09 pm
FOCUS How might an understanding of structural violence inform interventions that ameliorate the disproportionate burden of illness on Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color in the U.S.? How does moving beyond race, class, and geography as inherent risk factors, to an understanding of racism, classism, and segregation, allow for more accurate disease modeling and… View Article
Brigette A. Davis
Posted On September 3, 2019 6:02 pm
FOCUS Each individual’s road from youth to adulthood has its challenges, yet an ideal society is one that allows all to grow into their fullest potential. However, for people of color, this road is made more difficult by structural racism embedded in the institutions encountered throughout development. Racism ingrained in our school systems, neighborhoods, occupations,… View Article
Dislorei (Desi) Small-Rodriguez
Posted On July 23, 2019 7:53 pm
FOCUS Desi Small-Rodriguez’s ongoing research explores issues of data equity for Indigenous peoples, specifically tribal data sovereignty and the enumeration of Indigenous peoples in official statistics and tribal data systems. She also examines the intersection of race, identity, and tribal citizenship. MORE ABOUT DESI Desi Small-Rodriguez is pursuing dual PhDs in sociology at the University… View Article

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