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Indigenous Public Health Forum

Speakers Bios & Sessions

This year’s theme, “Fight for Our Future: Finding Strength in Indigenous Public Health,” is a call to come together and work towards solutions for the public health crisis impacting our communities. Browse this year's Keynote Speakers and Presentations below.  Registration is now open!

Aleena M. Kawe

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. As a national leader and advocate in Indigenous public health, Aleena develops culturally and contextually relevant resources and materials with practical approaches to transform systems and improve health.

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Amber McCrary, MFA

Amber McCrary is Diné poet, zinester, feminist and artist.

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Camie Jae Goldhammer

Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC, (Sisseton-Wahpeton) is a Clinical Social Worker and Lactation Consultant. Camie is the founder and chair of the Native American Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington. She is also a founding mother and President Elect of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color.

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Casey Lyons

Casey Lyons is an evaluator at the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board. Previously, she managed opioid-related data programs for the Maryland Department of Health. She holds an MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

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Chael Moore

Chael Moore is Ts’ahyisk’idnii (Sage Brush Hill People) and born for Honágháanii (One Who Walks Around). Her maternal grandparents are Tó’ahaní (Near the Water) and her paternal grandparents are Tó’aheedlíinii (Water Flowing Together). She is from Crystal, NM on the Navajo Nation and is 22 years old. Chael’s pronouns are She and Her.This is how she identifies as a Diné womxn.

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Christina E. Oré, DrPH

Christina E. Oré joined the Seven Directions team from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Health Services Division where she worked on various tribal health systems strengthening initiatives: CBPR developed, creative/strength-based wellness programs; data capacity and infrastructure; tribal research ethics and review, and performance management/ quality improvement.

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Evelyn Mikayla Martin

Evelyn Mikayla Martin (Itsooaakii) [Blackfeet Tribe of Montana, Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma, Squamish Nation of Canada, and Filipina] graduated with her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) in American Indian Studies with a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.

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Julie Miller

Julie is an E-RYT 500 level teacher in the Viniyoga lineage with 10 years of teaching experience, primarily at Whole Life Yoga Studio in Greenwood, Seattle.

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Lisa Pivec, M.S.

Lisa Pivec, MS, is Senior Director of Public Health for Cherokee Nation Health Services. With more than 340,000 tribal citizens, the Cherokee Nation is the largest Tribal Nation in the United States. The Tribe’s headquarters are in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, but Cherokee Nation Health Services provides public health as well as clinical delivery services to a geographic area encompassing 14 counties in eastern Oklahoma. In August of 2016, Cherokee Nation Health Services became the first and only tribe to receive accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board.

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Lyndi Seabolt

Lyndi Seabolt is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She works at the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board in Opioid Overdose Prevention and is a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist. She co-facilitates the Indian Country Peer Recovery Support TeleECHO Program. She graduated with a BA in Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

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Michele Suina, PhD

Michele Suina, PhD, is from Cochiti Pueblo. She is the Program Director for the CDC Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country Program at the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center.

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Mike Brook

Mike Brook works at the intersection of public health and technology.

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Nicholet A. Deschine Parkhurst, MSW MPP

Nicholet Deschine Parkhurst, Standing Rock Sioux and Diné, is a PhD student in the Justice Studies program in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Nicholet earned a Master of Public Policy, Masters of Social Work, and Bachelor of Science in Family Resources & Human Development.

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Raquel Aviles, MHI

Raquel Elaine Aviles is a (Yaqui/Hiaki) Pascua Yaqui citizen of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, she dedicated herself to serving her tribe for over 20 years in various capacities over the years in a community-base, tribal public health setting.

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Rebecca Tsosie

Rebecca Tsosie is a Regents’ Professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona and also serves as Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence. Professor Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, is a Faculty Co-Chair for the Indigenous Peoples’ Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona, and she is widely known for her work in the fields of Federal Indian law and indigenous peoples’ human rights. 

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Tiana Brawley, MSW

Tiana, MSW, affectionately known in her community as “The Wellness Bae,” is a holistic mental health practitioner, Certified Wellness Coach, and Consultant. Her passions lie in helping people seek their higher purpose through transformation and radical self-love. Tiana’s practice is rooted in her background and training as a registered clinical therapist. Tiana is a fierce advocate for accessible and relatable Wellness services and practices for Black and Brown communities, trans and non-binary folks, and low-income communities.

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