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Christie Befort, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health

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Kelly Berryhill

Susan G. Komen for the Cure MPH Scholar and Research Assistant, CAICH


Joshuaa Allison-Burbank, MA, CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist, Center for Child Health and Development

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Marco Bortolato, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

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Sean M. Daley, PhD, MA

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director, Center for American Indian Studies, Johnson County Community College

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I am a sociocultural anthropologist and ethnographer with a background in contemporary American Indian cultures and societies, community-based research, and cultural tailoring.  I have been working with American Indians since 1995.  I have worked with Native peoples and communities in Arizona, Connecticut, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, and South Dakota.  I have conducted numerous ethnographic studies with Indian peoples and communities focused on health and wellness, law and policy, identity, and the environment.  I have also worked with non-Native rural and ranching communities in Utah, Kansas, and Oklahoma using community-based participatory research methods.  I have been working with CAICH since 2008.  I am involved with the All Nations Breath of Life (ANBL) smoking cessation program and Internet All Nations Breath of Life (i-ANBL), as well as the Native 24/7 American Indian ethnic identity study.  I lead the team at Johnson County Community College (JCCC), where we work on curriculum and program development, recruitment, and data collection, analysis, and management for ANBL, i-ANBL, and Native 24/7.  I am also the director of the Center for American Indian Studies (CAIS) at JCCC, the other primary organization in AIHREA.  At CAIS I direct an inter-disciplinary program in American Indian Studies that is responsible for developing and teaching courses focused on Native peoples, cultures, and societies, coordinating American Indian-focused lectures, seminars, and programs both at the college and in the community-at-large, and recruiting and working with American Indian students at JCCC.

Oliver Doerr

Research Assistant, CAICH

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Oliver Doerr attends the University Missouri Kansas City and is majoring in Health Sciences. He is considering continuing his education, earning a master’s degree in public health. He plans to work in public health and serve the communities in need. Oliver was an intern over the 2016 summer. Oliver has written one page summaries on AIHREA grants that have been written to help eliminate health disparities in the Native community. These summaries explain what programs and projects from the grants are used to help eliminate health disparities in the Native community. Oliver also has worked on the men’s colon cancer brochures that help educate Natives on the risks and dangers of the disease. He also helps with data entry and data cleaning from the surveys that are given out to the community. Oliver is helping with the project Native 24/7 and is assisting with the analysis of data from Northern Plains. One of the goals of AIHREA is to assist in the development of healthy communities through education and support communities in need. Oliver believes in helping others and doing his part to help eliminate the health disparities that are present in the Native community.


Edward F. Ellerbeck, MD, MPH

Professor & Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health

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Kathryn A. Ellerbeck, MD, MPH, FAAP

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics; Director, Center for Child Health and Development

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Babalola Faseru, PhD

Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center (secondary appointment)

Consultant Medical Epidemiologist, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

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My primary research area is in cancer prevention and control, with a focus on nicotine dependence and smoking cessation. I have research experience in smoking cessation behavioral treatment, pharmacotherapy, and pharmacokinetics in both clinical and community-based settings, especially among underserved and understudied populations. My broad goal is to unravel the mechanisms underlying health disparities due to tobacco use and other preventable chronic disease risk factors among underserved populations. I am a full member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center (KUCC) and the Center for American Indian Community Health. The Center for American Indian Community Health focusses on reducing health disparities and bringing more American Indians into the health professions through quality community based participatory research (CBPR) and enhanced opportunities for American Indian students to enter the health professions through pipeline programs from high school through college and into graduate and medical school. I serve on the scholarship application committee awarding scholarships to American Indians to study in our Master of Public Health program.


W. Matthew Gillispie, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders, University Of KansasProfile

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Ryan Goeckner

Social Media Coordinator and Research Assistant, CAICH

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I started at an intern at the Center for American Community Health prior to completing my bachelor's degree in Anthropology and American Studies and becoming a research assistant for the Center. I serve as the project manager for an American Indian ethnic identity study called Native 24/7. I am also a full-time graduate student in the department of Religious Studies on the KU-Lawrence campus.


K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH

Professor & Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family MedicineProfile

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Coreen Gunja

Office Manager, CAICH

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I am currently the Project Manager for the Center of American Indian Community Health. I have been a University employee for 16 years. For 10 of these years, I worked in the Master of Public Health Program, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Since joining CAICH in 2010, I've been involved in providing the faculty and staff with resources needed to address health disparities. I have supported grant submissions related to obesity, smoking cessation, health literacy, colonoscopy and breast cancer studies. I also provide support to community related activities coordinated by CAICH such as pow wows, health fairs, community research forums, etc., to spread our mission in their communities. Office Management falls under my realm of responsibilities. This includes time entry approval, budget report monitoring, student tuition and assistance, supply ordering and other day-to-day activities.I will continue to serve in this capacity to help make a difference and promote health equity through our programs and research.


Jordyn A. Gunville

Susan G. Komen for the Cure MPH Scholar and Research Assistant, CAICH


Christina Hester, PhD, MPH

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Family MedicineProfile

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Edward E. Hunter, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor & Director of Training, Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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David Jarmolowicz, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Behavioral Science

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Chet Johnson, MD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

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Kim Kimminau, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

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I have worked throughout my career with local organizations, advocates, and nonprofits trying to meet the health needs of their communities. My training as an anthropologist and the field work and experiences I have had in public health, research and health policy provide me with skills and insights that can help improve American Indian population health.

My ongoing research area of interest is oral health and oral health disparities, and I am particularly interested in addressing the oral health needs of American Indians throughout the state of Kansas and the region. I am working currently to increase opportunities for patients to become involved in biomedical and clinical research by supporting training for both investigators and patients on how to collaborate throughout the research process. The project is sponsored by the KU Cancer Center and is called "PIVOT", Patients and Investigators Voices Organizing Together.  I also continue to work with research teams in the topics of obesity, rural health, chronic pain, patient engagement and primary care delivery.


Robert Lee, PhD

Professor & Chair, Department of Health Policy & Management

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Joseph LeMaster, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

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I have extensive experience leading health behavior change and community-based participatory research interventions benefitting low-income, minority populations, both young and adults, and developing interventions to promote inclusion and improve cross-cultural communication skills among healthcare providers. I have directed CBPR studies funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Missouri Foundation for Health that promoted health behavior chance in diet and physical activity in community-based adults with chronic disease (type 2 diabetes) and school children (the "Feet First" randomized controlled trial, the "MU Curators Better Self-Management of Diabetes" study and the "Playgrounds without Borders" study). I am developing and evaluating culturally sensitive on-line training and quality improvement programs for healthcare providers who serve ethnic minority populations, including those who serve American Indians. This includes projects to understand and improve healthcare provider communication and support for self-management in service to ethnic and cultural minority populations with diabetes. I am committed to improving health disparities in these populations, including American Indians. I will participate in the partnership we are developing with American Indian community-based colleagues regarding the planning, conduct and dissemination of results of any and all projects that we ultimately propose.


Crystal Lumpkins

Crystal Lumpkins, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine

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Dr. Crystal Y. Lumpkins, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in the Family Medicine Research Division and Director of Communication for CAICH. She also holds 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. Dr. Lumpkins was appointed as chair of the Diversity Committee for Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2014 where she and the committee play a key role in advising the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)-affiliated organization and University administration on issues of diversity concerning advancement, placement and recruitment of women faculty. Dr. Lumpkins' current position in the School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine Research Division lends well to this position as she has worked with community organizations in the greater Kansas City Missouri area for the last six years. She also is 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.

Her current and primary research interest is in cancer communication, specifically breast and colorectal cancer risk and prevention communication targeted to minority and underserved populations. The focus of her research is to investigate the impact of religion and spirituality on health behavior outcome. Her research is primarily community driven where she is following community based participatory research principles and approaches to engage Kansas and Missouri communities in the research process to address health disparities. She is currently Co-investigator on CAICH grants and co-lead on a Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) engagement grant. She also is currently an Associate Editor of the academic journal Ethnicity & Health; Editor for the Society of Behavioral Medicine Spirituality Interest Group newsletter and also is actively engaged with research with other public health researchers throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. In addition to her research, she mentors and teaches graduate and undergraduate students and is actively involved with service projects in the Lawrence, Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri areas.

Dr. Lumpkins received her doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2007; she also holds a dual Master’s Degree in Media Communications and Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.


Laura Martin

Laura Martin, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health; Associate Director of Functional MRI, Hoglung Brain Imaging Center

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Niaman Nazir, MPH, MBBS

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health

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Having been trained as a physician in Lahore, Pakistan, I came to the United States to advance my knowledge in public health. I've worked closely with the CAICH members on various projects with aims of not only determining the causes of smoking and obesity within the Native American tribes but also exploring new ways of quitting tobacco. I've provided support including but not limited to quantitative data management and analysis using SAS, research design and development; and implementation and maintenance of databases utilizing MS ACCESS as well as other online tools such as VOVICI. In the future, I look forward to working on even more challenges and issues such as suicide among youth and diabetes and hopefully better understand the causes, as well as explore ways to eliminate/reduce these health disparities experienced by the Native Americans.


Nicole Nollen, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health

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Joseph Pacheco, MPH

Research Associate, CAICH

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I have a great desire to work with American Indian communities to educate and empower those who may not have equitable access to health care or health education. My public health training and work emphasizes the field of environmental health, highlighting breast cancer research. My education and experience have provided opportunities to manage a healthy home project and develop a brochure and website about male breast cancer tailored to the American Indians. Learning and improving new skills in qualitative, quantitative, and community-based participatory research, has aided me to find new ways to improve the health of American Indian communities with the intent that our cultures will last for generations to come.


Ronnie Raney

Website Manager and Information Specialist, CAICH

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My primary goal is to develop culturally-tailored websites and web applications to help with health disparities in the American Indian community. I strive to help our research team raise awareness of health issues in the American Indian community and provide online platforms to engage community members in our projects. I am also involved in database development for our research findings and community outreach events. My other interests include helping members of the American Indian community with nutrition and food preparation and accessing online resources. My background in cultural anthropology has given me skills to understand research methods and has provided me a holistic perspective on human cultures. My professional culinary background has given me knowledge of healthy foods and food preparation. Internet-based work encourages and facilitates collaboration between individuals and organizations at all levels. My technical background helps our team in many ways: aids project managers and researchers, informs the community about services, encourages communication and collaboration, and strengthens education efforts.


Kathryn Rollins

Kathryn Rollins, MA

Senior Research Associate, CAICH

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Dr. Katy Rollins is a Senior Research Assistant for CAICH. She received her doctorate from the University of Kansas in Health Education & Psychology of Physical Activity; and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Education from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She previously worked as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in Missouri, Texas, and the Kansas City area.

Katy’s primary research interest is focused on finding new ways to improve health care and health education among marginalized communities, particularly but not limited to the area of tobacco health. Her work involves writing academic journal proposals and providing the CAICH staff with writing resources needed to address a variety of health disparities.


Jeffrey P. Searl, PhD, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor, Department of Hearing & Speech

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Ed Smith

T. Edward Smith, MA

Research Project Coordinator, Center for American Indian Studies, Johnson County Community College

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I am a descendant of the Osage tribe and grew up in the urban Indian community around St. Louis, MO. My upbringing has given me the opportunity to experience first- hand some of the issues that affect urban Indian people today. I have had close working relationships with American Indian communities in Kansas and Missouri for over 15 years. My experiences have been primarily with the four tribes in Kansas, the urban Indian communities in Kansas City, Topeka, St. Louis, and Wichita. Through my work at the Center for American Indian Studies (CAIS), I have been able to add working with American Indian communities in Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Dakota to the list. The scope of my work has focused on projects related to health advocacy, youth empowerment, improving educational opportunities for American Indian people, food sovereignty, and increasing the overall health of American Indian communities across the United States. I currently work at CAIS located at Johnson County Community College (JCCC), a member organization of the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance (AIHREA). At CAIS, I serve as a Research Project Coordinator. I began working at JCCC as the Site Manager and as a group facilitator for the All Nations Breath of Life smoking cessation program. I eventually became the lead facilitator for that project and later took over as manager for the entire project. In addition to those duties, I also work on community outreach efforts for AIHREA and CAIS. I have been trained in community based participatory research methods and use those practices in developing programs and culturally tailored interventions when working with community partners. This allows me to have face to face relationships with community members and partner organizations.


Myrietta Talawyma

Research Assistant, CAICH


Stephen Valliere

CAICH MPH Scholar and Research Assistant, CAICH


Crisandra Wilkie

Susan G. Komen for the Cure MPH Scholar and Research Assistant, CAICH


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Jessica Williams, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management

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Henry Yeh, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics

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CAICH Affiliate Members


Melissa Fillippi

Melissa K. Filippi, PhD, MPH

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At the Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH), we practice community-based participatory research (CBPR) with community partners to improve the health and wellbeing of our Native populations. Since coming to the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2009, health equity, prevention, and community health among American Indian populations have become my primary research interests. My anthropological background provides a solid foundation to understand health issues relating to socio-cultural and behavioral influences. Thus far, much of my energy has gone toward smoking cessation and breast and colorectal cancer screening in the American Indian population. I plan to continue my quest for better health outcomes through the prevention of tobacco use and other substances, particularly among adolescents. After all, the future resides in our children.


Aimee St. James

Aimee S. James, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, Washington University

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Charlotte McCloskey, PhD

Licensed Staff Psychologist, Kansas City VA Medical Center

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I have experience providing psychological clinical services to many underserved communities, including Native Americans, international political refugees, veterans experiencing PTSD, female survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, and individuals facing life changing illnesses. I also focused my clinical work for a time on diversity issues including women's issues, lesbian/gay/bisexual and transgender issues, and racial/ethnic minorities. My clinical positions with the Kansas City VA and Columbia VA Medical Centers has prepared me to work with underserved populations who are experiencing moderate to severe psychopathology coupled with societal influences of rejection and abandonment. Additionally, my clinical work through the Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Political Torture prepared me to work with populations that not only were facing psychological barriers to recovery but also political and social issues. My position with the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance provided me both clinical and research opportunities to address a range of health disparities for American Indian populations, which was also a primary focus of my graduate and post graduate research. My current areas of research include smoking cessation, behavioral modification, ethnic identity, health literacy, pain management and program development.


Christina M. Pacheco, JD, MPH

Director, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center

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I am committed to closing the health disparities gap that exists for American Indians. With health, in every sense of the word, being so vital to a community, I strive to improve the health of American Indian communities so that they may thrive now and for generations to come. I have worked in the field of policy and law for over 5 years; I will use my knowledge and background in those areas to help advocate for policies that are geared toward improving the health of American Indians. I have worked in the field of public health for almost 3 years. I manage a project that examines the natural history of tobacco use among tribal college students so that quit smoking programs can be better tailored to meet the needs of this population. I have been involved in community outreach with American Indian communities for more than 10 years and look forward to continuing.

I have experience providing multicultural training and consultation to community organizations and at national conferences. I am currently developing skills in community-based participatory research through a new minority faculty trainee fellowship within the Training Core of the Kansas Community Cancer Disparities Network Program.

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