Leadership, Health and Justice in Native American Communities

11:30 am
1:00 pm
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Jerilyn Church, MSW, Ana Navas-Acien, MD, PhD, Raygine DiAquoi, EdD, Terry McGovern, JD
Jerilyn Church, CEO of Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board
The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health
Office of Diversity, Culture and Inclusion
Mailman School Students, Faculty and Staff

Columbia Mailman School commemorates Native American Heritage Month with a program featuring Jerilyn Church, MSW, CEO of Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board and Mailman faculty members. Church will speak about Public Law 93-638, the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, which authorizes government agencies to enter into contracts with, and make grants directly to, federally recognized Indian tribes. In particular, Church will address how the public law allows tribes to determine how they administers funds in their own health care systems and improve the health and well-being of members of Native American communities.

Raygine DiAquoi, EdD, director, Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion, will offer welcoming remarks. Terry McGovern, JD, chair, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, will moderate a discussion with Jerilyn Church and Ana Navas-Acien, MD, PhD, professor, Environmental Health Sciences, and director, Columbia University Superfund Research Program. Findings will be presented from the Strong Heart Study, led by Navas-Acien, including genetic analyses in American Indians and effects of arsenic exposure on heart function in American Indian young adults.

A Q&A session with the audience follows.


Jenny Cheng