(Re) Imagining Tribal Health Systems Webinar

January 14, 2020 10:30 AM



This is the first of three webinars in the Becoming Ka Ma Ma: A Journey of Health System Transformation series to raise awareness and inspire action to make changes within tribal health systems that support community healing, health and wellness. This webinar will describe the Becoming Ka Ma Ma approach, based on the Gathering of Native Americans (GONA), for systems change or transformation. The approach is used to strengthen self-determination within health systems.

Webinar Objectives:

Describe the Becoming Ka Ma Ma approach to systems work, based on GONA model

Share its application of the approach tribal health systems transformation

Reflect/ Identify the benefits and challenges to using this approach for health systems transformation


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Raquel E. Aviles

Associate Director of Health Service Division, Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Raquel E. Aviles (Yaqui) is a proud citizen of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. Raquel has served her tribe in several capacities with a focus on healthcare and youth/family services. Raquel has led several health and wellness initiatives with tribal and urban populations (e.g., SAMSHA Circles of Care Project, Sewa Uusim, Equine Therapy, and Native Aspirations). Her professional experience has been in wellness and health promotion, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Tobacco Abuse Prevention/Cessation, and youth violence, bullying and suicide prevention projects. Raquel has a Masters of Healthcare Innovation (MHI) from Arizona State University ( ASU) with a focus on leadership, system thinking and the Seven Pillars of Innovation. In her free time, Raquel paints and enjoys the outdoors with her husband, David, and their three children: David Jr., Emmaleen and Anthony.

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Aleena M. Kawe

President and CEO, Red Star International, Inc

Aleena M. Kawe (Hiaki) is the founder, president and CEO of Red Star International, Inc., a U.S. based non-profit organization dedicated to advancing Indigenous self-determination for health and vibrant communities. Aleena believes a systems approach to solving challenges – one that considers worldview, relationships, leadership and the collective will – is the key to achieving health equity. Aleena is a national leader and advocate in Indigenous health, with more than 20 years of experience working in partnership with tribes and pacific island US territories to build public health capacity and performance. Aleena has a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in community health practice.

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Christina E. Oré

Sr Advisor/ Research Scientist, Seven Directions, A Center for Indigenous Public Health

Christina is dedicated to community, intergenerational, health and well-being that comes from a deep connection to place, people, and time. Christina has worked professionally in public health for Indigenous nations, tribal communities, and regional tribal organizations in the U.S., Mexico, Peru and Guam. In 2018, she received her DrPH in policy & management from the University of Arizona (UA), with an emphasis on Indigenous health systems strengthening. Over the past 24 years, Christina has worked for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe on a number of initiatives: Indigenous rights conference, living-cultural history projects, participatory research and policy, performance management, accreditation, and data capacity/infrastructure. Born and raised in Arizona, Christina is of Quechua descent( Ayacucho/Huancavelica, Peru).