Professor of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine & Public Health, and Indigenous Studies
|2004||PhD||Applied Medical Anthropology||University of Connecticut|
|200||SM||Health & Social Behavior||Harvard School of Public Health|
|1998||MA||Medical Anthropology||Arizona State University|
|1996||BA||Anthropology||Douglass College, Rutgers University|
I have been working with American Indian communities to reduce health disparities since I was an undergraduate in 1995. Since coming to the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), I have focused on the creation of a culturally-tailored smoking cessation program (All Nations Breath of Life), creation of a culturally-tailored weight loss program (Native American Weight Loss Movement), identifying needs and barriers to mammography and colorectal cancer screening and creating tailored interventions to address them, improving environmental health, improving access to care through our screening clinic, and community education about health and research. In addition, as a mixed-methodologist, I have developed multiple new methods to improve outreach and community-based participatory research for Native people, as well as innovations in methods to help scientists integrate qualitative and quantitative methods. I am currently the Director of CAICH and the Director of the American Indian Health Research & Education Alliance, a group of organizations who work together to improve the health of Native communities. I consider myself lucky to be working with our amazing CAICH team and collaborators!
Charles S. Barnes, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Director, Allergy/Asthma/Immunology Research Laboratory, Children’s Mercy Hospital
Director, CAICH Environmental Core
|1976||PhD||Biochemistry||University of Southern Mississippi|
|1971||BS||Chemistry||University of Georgia|
My clinical interests are in enzyme immunoassay and developing assays to evaluate exposure and sensitization to environmental allergens. My research interests are sequencing allergenic proteins from fungi. I currently serve as Director of the Allergy/Asthma/Immunology research laboratory and as technical director of the Clinical Immunology Laboratory at Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH) in Kansas City, Missouri. In these positions, I oversee the daily pollen and spore collection and report for the Kansas City Area. I also supervise testing for fungal allergens and spores in samples collected in homes of asthmatics and test pollen and fungal sensitivity in serum samples submitted from the hospital and outpatient facilities. I developed many of the tests and procedures used for fungal home assessment and serve on the American Society for Testing and Materials panel that is developing international standards for fungal evaluation of homes and commercial buildings. I have a history of successfully recruiting participants for home remediation and cleaning proposals, as well as a history of publications in the field of human fungal exposure and asthma. I am currently the Director of the CAICH Environmental Core, also known as GreeNation. Our focus is on environmental health education and reducing home environmental health concerns in American Indian communities.
Professor of Preventive Medicine & Public Health
Executive Director, KUMC Master of Public Health Program
Director, CAICH Education Core
|1996||PhD||Epidemiology||University of California, San Diego/San Diego State|
|University School of Public Health|
|1989||MPH||Epidemiology||Boston University School of Public Health|
|1987||BS||Biology||University of Michigan|
I have been working in the field of tobacco control for over 20 years, focusing on reducing health disparities. Since joining the faculty at KUMC, I have focused on working with American Indian communities to reduce tobacco related morbidity and mortality, primarily through the All Nations Breath of Life smoking cessation program. In addition, I am currently running a longitudinal epidemiology study with American Indian tribal college students focused on tobacco use and other health behaviors. I am also the Education Core Director for the Center for American Indian Community Health and currently serve as the Executive Director of the Master of Public Health Program in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
Professor of Biostatistics
Director, CAICH Methods Core
|2000||PhD||Statistics||Texas A&M University|
|1993||BS||Civil Engineering/Mathematics||Marquette University|
I grew up on the Navajo Indian reservation during the first ten years of my life and I later worked for the Indian Health Service for three summers in the commissioned officers student training extern program (COSTEP). I have been the Methods Core Director for CAICH since 2010 and develop new biostatistical methods related to CAICH studies. For almost 15 years, I have obtained specific education and expertise in Bayesian biostatistics, clinical trials design & accrual monitoring, and the development and validation of measures of patient reported outcomes (PROs). I am also the Director of the Biostatistics and Informatics Shared Resource of the University of Kansas Cancer Center.
Research Instructor of Family Medicine
Assistant Director for Community Engagement & Education, CAICH
|2012||MA||Indigenous Studies||University of Kansas|
|2004||AA||Liberal Arts||Highland Community College|
I am a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Since joining the Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH) research team in 2012, I have contributed on multiple levels to American Indian focused tobacco cessation, weight loss, breast cancer, environmental, and education projects that have led to the development of culturally-tailored health interventions and programming. I have coordinated outreach events that educate, recruit, and connect American Indian communities with research and researchers. I have also managed an internship program that has provided American Indian students with health research experiences. My goals continue to include health equity for marginalized peoples through research and education.
Research Instructor of Family Medicine
Assistant Director for Data Management, CAICH
|2014||MPH Environmental Health||University of Kansas Medical Center|
|2010||Environmental Science||Haskell Indian Nations University|
|2007||Liberal Arts||Haskell Indian Nations University|
I am Navajo and an enrolled member of the Utu-Utu Gwaitu Paiute tribe of California. I have been working in the field of public health for over 5 years at the Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH) at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). Growing up on American Indian (AI) reservations in both Arizona and California I am well aware of the health disparities facing AI communities. While at CAICH I have been able to focus on research, education, and community engagement through a variety of projects that target AI communities. I have been able to work on projects related to environmental health, tobacco cessation, mental health and suicide, and cancer education. I have also gained valuable experience in community-based participatory research which aids in the development of our culturally-tailored health interventions. I look forward to continuing to address health disparities and working with AI communities.
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Communications Director, CAICH
|2007||PhD||Journalism (Health Communication)||University of Missouri – Columbia|
|1997||MA||Media Communication; Management||Webster University|
|1992||BJ||Broadcast Journalism||University of Missouri – Columbia|
I am an Assistant Professor at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine in the Family Medicine Research Division and Communications Director for CAICH. I also hold a courtesy faculty appointment at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications and a graduate faculty appointment within the School of Social Welfare at KU-Lawrence. I am also a lead facilitator and researcher with the “Faith Works – Connecting for a Healthy Community” (FWCFHC) collaboration between the KU Department of Family Medicine Research Division and area church pastors and leaders in the bi-state area. My current and primary research interest is in public health communication, specifically breast and colorectal cancer risk and prevention communication targeted to minority and underserved populations. The focus of my research is to investigate the impact of religion and spirituality on health behavior outcome. My research follows community-based participatory research principles and approaches to engage Kansas and Missouri communities in the research process to address health disparities. I am currently a co-investigator on CAICH grants and co-lead on a Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) engagement grant. I am also currently an Associate Editor of the academic journal Ethnicity & Health; Editor for the Society of Behavioral Medicine Spirituality Interest Group newsletter and also am actively engaged with research with other public health researchers throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. In addition to my research, I mentor and teach graduate and undergraduate students and am actively involved with service projects in the Lawrence, Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, areas. I am of American Indian ancestry and a descendant of the Choctow Nation.