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Lori Arviso-Alvord

lorialvord [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu
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Paulette Baukol

Baukol [dot] Paulette [at] mayo [dot] edu

Paulette Baukol (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) is Director of Operations for the Spirit of EAGLES, an AIAN Leadership initiative on cancer funded by the NCI.

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DeeAnn DeRoin, MD, MPH

deedoc [at] earthlink [dot] net

DeeAnn DeRoin (Iowa) is a practicing physician and member of the research committee for the National Indian Women’s Health Resource Center. Her research interests include Lupus and cancer.


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Kathy Eagle, MD

DrEagle [at] nativeimages [dot] org

Kathy Eagle (Arikara/Santee Sioux) is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine and is currently a MPH student. She works with Native Images, Inc. as the GPRA Coordinator/Lead Evaluator, and is a Curriculum Facilitator with the UCLA Center for AI Research and Education.

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Stephanie Fryberg, PhD

fryberg [at] u [dot] arizona [dot] edu

Stephanie Fryberg (Tulalip) received her doctorate from Stanford University, is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Psychology, and is Affiliate Faculty in American Indian studies at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on social representations of race, culture, and social class and on psychological and physical health and educational attainment.

Francine C. Gachupin, PhD, MPH, CIP

fcgachupin [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu
Francine C. Gachupin is Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine; Assistant Director, Cancer Disparities Institute, Arizona Cancer Center; and Assistant Director of the Native American Research and Training Center, all at the University of Arizona. Dr. Gachupin is a tribal member of the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of New Mexico and her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. She studies primarily chronic diseases and related behavioral risk factors. Much of her training has been at the National Institutes of Health and most of her work has occurred at four separate tribal based epidemiology centers – Portland Area, Aberdeen Area, Albuquerque Area and Navajo Area. She has worked with two tribal comprehensive cancer control programs in the northern plains and the pacific northwest.
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Patrisia Gonzales, PhD

pgonza [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu

Patrisia Gonzales (Kickapoo, Comanche, and Macehual) has a doctoral degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin and holds dual appointments in Mexican American and American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. Her research combines applied Indigenous medicinal knowledge with explorations into under-girding philosophies and world views.

Carlos Gonzales M.D.

elprofcg [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu

Dr. Gonzales is an American Indian physician (Pascua Yaqui) who has worked as a practicing Family Physician for 21 years. In that time, he founded a clinic for his tribe, the New Pascua Yaqui Reservation Satellite clinic of the El Rio Neighborhood Health Center southwest of Tucson Arizona. He also worked as an intercity family physician and administrator at the El Rio Neighborhood Health Center in Tucson Arizona for 8 years and as a rural family physician at the Patagonia Family Health Center- a satellite clinic of the Mariposa Community Health Center of Nogales Arizona for 13 years. For those 21 years he was also a mentor and advisor for Indian and other students who had aspirations to become physicians. He was also a volunteer clinical faculty member of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine, where he precepted and taught pre-medical students, medical students and residents. In 2006, he became a full-time faculty member as an Associate Professor-Clinical of the University of Arizona College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine. His responsibilities include teaching, mentoring and precepting medical students at the College of Medicine, developing and maintaining rural Arizona sites for the Family and Community Medicine clerkship, and Attending in the Family Medicine Residency Program at both the clinic and affiliated hospital. He has been a lifelong advocate for improving healthcare services to the underserved, including Indians, through his service in both the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. As a grandson of traditional healers and an apprentice to a traditional sweatlodge leader, he has intimate knowledge of Traditional Indian Medicine. He uses this knowledge to facilitate the collaboration between Western Allopathic Medicine and Traditional Healers. This knowledge base is also useful in helping aspiring American Indian youth interested in the healing professions feel comfortable with the complexities of the Western healing culture and practices.

Patrisia Gonzales, PhD

pgonza [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu

Rodney C. Haring, PhD, LMSW

rodney [dot] haring [at] onefeatherconsulting [dot] com

(Seneca) Rodney C. Haring, PhD, LMSW is founder of One Feather Consulting, LLC and is research faculty at the Native American Research and Training Center,University of Arizona. Dr. Haring is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and resides on the Cattaraugus Territory. He holds a doctoral degree in social work from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He is also the incoming chair of the Native Research Network, a New York State-licensedmaster of social work, and an adjunct professor at SUNY Fredonia. He has evaluation and research experience from Harvard Medical School, the Research Institute on Addictions, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, and in the private sector. He recently coauthored a book chapter titled “Reflections on Ethical Issues in Research with Aboriginal Peoples.” Dr. Haring has presented at numerous conferences worldwide on the issues of health disparities in Indian Country. He is was the recipient of the Seneca Nation of Indians Professional Scholarship, the Chief Freeman Johnson Scholar Award and is an American Indian Graduate Center fellow.


Jennie Joe

Jennie Joe, PhD, MPH

jrjoe [at] u [dot] arizona [dot] edu

Jennie R. Joe, PhD, MPH, is professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and directs the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC). In addition to her appointment in the College of Medicine, Dr. Joe also teaches in the American Indian Studies graduate program. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and her research interests includes indigenous health, childhood diabetes, cancer and women’s health and is currently a member on the Institute of Medicine’s committee on health disparities. She also serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Among one of her more recent projects included coordinating a case study on the Office of Native Medicine in Chinle, Arizona, for the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The video illustrates the successes and challenges that traditional Navajo practitioners (traditional healers) encounter as they collaborate with physicians and other health care providers in the clinical care arena.

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Pattie King

pmking613 [at] gmail [dot] com

Pattie King (Gila River) practices nursing at the Caring House, a long-term care facility in her community. As an LPN with 28 years experiences, she led her Tribe’s cancer survivor initiative and Patient Navigator program. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree.

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Janelle Palacios, PhD

janellepalacios [at] yahoo [dot] com

Janelle Palacios (Salish-Kootenai) earned her doctorate in nursing from the University of California at San Francisco and is completing a program in Midwifery. Her research interest is in MCH and early childbearing.

Janelle Palacios, PhD

Natalie Pool

nataliepool [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu
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Leslie Randall, MPH

leslie [dot] randall [at] cpcinternet [dot] com

Leslie Randall (Nez Perce) earned her Master’s degree in public health from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Oregon Health and Science University. She has 15 years experience in MCH epidemiology with the CDC, where she conducted research in SIDS and FASD in Native populations.

Lyle Shorty

ltshorty [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu

Teshia G. Arambula Solomon, PhD

solomont [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu

(Choctaw/Mexican-American) Dr. Solomon is Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona and was appointed Co-Director of the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) in June 2007. She has over eighteen years experience in health-related research and training involving Native American students in public health. She is Principal Investigator and Director of the Faculty and Student Research Development program of the American Indian Research Centers for Health (AIRCH5) as well as Director of the Research Core. She serves as Co-Investigator and Co-Director of the Native American Cancer Program research training initiative and as a co-Investigator on the Community Outreach component with the Arizona Cancer Center. As Co-Investigator for the Arizona Study Center of the National Children’s Study (DHHS Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), she is responsible for the Tribal community engagement component. She is a founding member and Past Co-Chair of the Native Research Network, Inc. She previously served as the Director of the Southern Plains Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center at the Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board. She has been a Fellow at Northwest Portland Indian Health Board, NARCH, and a National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Scholar. She has published research in cervical cancer prevention and control and is a co-author of two papers in the 2008 supplement to Cancer on AIAN cancer. She is currently editing a book on the ethical conduct of research in Native American communities. Dr. Solomon has mentored students as a faculty member for more than 10 years and has promoted research development by pursuing and providing funds for students to attend the annual American Public Health Association meeting and the annual Native Health Research conference. She has mentored over 20 graduate public health students.

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Nicole Stern, MD

nstern [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu

Nicole Stern (Mescalero Apache) is an Internal Medicine physician in private practice in Tucson with a specialty in sports medicine. She produced a documentary film on the lives of native people living with HIV/AIDS.

Nina Wampler, DSc, MPH

nwampler [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu

Nina Wampler (Eastern Band of Cherokee) holds a Doctorate in Epidemiology and an MPH with a dual concentration in Environmental Health and Epidemiology/Biostatistics from Boston University.  She is currently funded through a Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from the National Cancer Institute under the tutelage of University of Arizona/Arizona Cancer Center faculty member, Dr. Scott Leischow.  Dr. Wampler is specializing in social network analysis  and tobacco control.

AIRCH Contact Info

Francine Gachupin, PhD, MPH, CIP
Assistant Director, Native American Research and Training Center
1642 E. Helen St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
520.626.5072 phone
fcgachupin [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu

Teshia Arambula Solomon, PhD
Director, AIRCH Student Development Component
Director, NARTC
1642 E. Helen St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
520.626.1123 phone
solomont [at] email [dot] arizona [dot] edu


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