415 N. Washington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
PhD, University of Amsterdam, 2013
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1997
MA, University of Melbourne, 1990
BA, Dartmouth College, 1986
I joined the Center for American Indian Health in 1991. My research and program development work focuses on family-based approaches to child and adolescent health and well-being for reservation-based American Indian tribes. My geographic concentration is in the Southwest and Central Rockies of the U.S. Projects to date have included suicide prevention work, substance abuse and alcohol prevention, parent education, youth development, school retention, fitness promotion, healthy start, teen pregnancy prevention, nutrition promotion and skill-building for youth in the areas of communication and computer technology. All programs have involved developing the skills of indigenous outreach workers who coordinate the interventions at the local level with program development and evaluation assistance from Johns Hopkins. My current scope of work spans two projects: I. A large-scale family strengthening project for Navajo and White Mountain Apache teen-formed families, called "Changing Our Lives Through Sharing Our Strength." The program has three key components including a) a home-visiting program for teen mothers and fathers run by Native field workers, b) locally produced mass media campaigns that promote responsible parenthood, and c) community capacity-building aimed at work force development and transferring project autonomy to the demonstration sites. II. A national youth development program called "Native Vision" (see www.NativeVision.org) that promotes "Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, and Healthy Families" for school-age Indian youth. The initiative is being modeled on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, and will be replicated with 10 other tribes in the next five years. The program includes a) outreach and mass media promotion to support children in completing high school; b) after-school programs to promote fitness and cultural enrichment; and c) skill-building programs for parents to help children reach their educational and vocational goals. Professional athlete-mentors from the NFL, NBA, and U.S. soccer and volleyball leagues work with Johns Hopkins practitioners to promote Native Vision's behavioral objectives through annual summer camps and school-based programs. Process, impact and outcome evaluation data are being collected on both projects, with preliminary favorable results for participating children and families.