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Columbia: Commemorates Native American Heritage Month

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health commemorates Native American Heritage Month with a program featuring Ms. Jerilyn Church, CEO of Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board and Mailman faculty members and titled “Leadership, Health and Justice in Native American Communities.” Ms. Church will speak about Public Law 93-638, the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, which authorized some government agencies to enter into contracts with, and make grants directly to, federally recognized Indian tribes. In particular, Ms. 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.

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

A Question and Answer Session with the audience follows.

WHAT: Native American Health Seminar: “Leadership, Health and Justice in Native American Communities.”

WHERE: Columbia Mailman School of Public Health |  Allan Rosenfield Building, Hess Commons

WHEN: November 22, 2019  | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Read more on tribal communities’ efforts to take control of their own health care systems.

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