Members

Anyone who has an interest in improving the health of American Indian communities is welcome to become a part of our team. There are 2 different types of membership for staff and faculty at KUMC or at a collaborative college or university: Full and Associate. We also accept affiliate members who do not need to be employed at KUMC or a collaborative college or university. All of our members participate in improving health disparities and attend events in American Indian communities, including our annual health and wellness powwow at JCCC. CAICH members pay no fees and enjoy many benefits to their own research projects. If you are interested in becoming a member of CAICH, apply HERE.


Martha Baird, PhD, APRN, CTN-A

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Associate Member                                                                         

2009 PhD Nursing University of Arizona
1987 MN Nursing University of Kansas Medical Center
1979 BSN Nursing Avila College

Profile

As an advanced practice psychiatric mental health nurse and cross-cultural researcher, I have been conducting research concerned with how culture affects the health and well-being of minority populations. My research has focused on displaced populations such as immigrants, refugees, and American Indians. A community-based participatory action research framework guides these studies. I have translated mental health survey instruments into two languages commonly spoken by refugees. In 2013, I completed a translation, back-translation, and cultural adaptation of the Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 (HSCL-25) into Dinka, a South Sudanese tribal language. I used this translated instrument to measure outcomes of a pilot study, a culturally-tailored mental health intervention, called Healthy Refugee Families, with a group of South Sudanese refugee women. The women found this intervention to be culturally acceptable and relevant. In 2014 I completed a translation, back-translation, and cultural adaptation of the HSCL-25 and the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire into Nepalese, the language of Bhutanese refugees. My participation, certification, and association with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma has provided me with the mentorship and ongoing collaboration necessary to develop culturally-relevant health interventions for marginalized and vulnerable populations that lead to sustainable solutions.


Aspen Bell

Research Assistant, CAICH

Full Member                

2014 AS Community Health Haskell Indian Nations University

Profile

I am Northern Arapaho and an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe of Wyoming. Growing up on an American Indian reservation all my life, I have seen firsthand the health disparities that plague Indian people. Since I have been witness to such disparities, I am pursuing nursing as my field of study and will hopefully make a positive impact on AI communities. I was an intern with the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance (AIHREA) in 2016 and was introduced to health research pertaining to AI people. During this internship I was able to travel to an underprivileged AI reservation and help provide healthy educational material. After the internship, I took a position at CAICH as a research assistant. Since working here I have become more involved with health research and community outreach. Seeing that our main goal is to help better AI communities, I have able to work on projects that pertain to tobacco use, material child health, and breast cancer. Since working here I have gained knowledge about research in general such as recruitment, focus groups, and the importance of culturally-tailored educational material. I look forward to continuing to learn about ways that address the health disparities within AI communities.

Kelly Berryhill, MPH

Research Associate, CAICH, CAICH

Full Member                                                                         

2017 MPH Public Health Management University of Kansas Medical Center
2013 BSE Community Health University of Kansas
2011 AS Health, Sport, & Exercise Science Haskell Indian Nations University

Profile

I am an enrolled member of the Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma. I have been working at CAICH for 3 years and have most recently graduated with a Masters of Public Health (MPH) at KUMC. My passion is health education specifically in AI communities in improving overall health and chronic disease prevention. I have been given the opportunity to be a part of a variety of projects at CAICH involving health research, education, and community engagement that target American Indian communities within the state of Kansas as well as individuals from tribes across the United States. I have worked on projects and manuscripts that involve breast cancer, Native identity, diet/physical activity and food insecurity. I have assisted with data collection, recruitment, qualitative analysis coding, and the dissemination of research results to the community. In addition, I have gained experience in community-based participatory research in multiple projects at CAICH.

Joshuaa Allison-Burbank, MA, CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist, Center for Child Health and Development

Full Member                                          

2015 MA Speech-Language Pathology University of Kansas
2012 BA Speech and Hearing Sciences University of New Mexico

Profile

I coordinate the speech-language pathology services in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program, provide mentoring for speech-language pathology student training, and contribute to pediatric and family services including clinical transdisciplinary evaluations and consultations. I am particularly interested in culturally-responsive assessment and intervention techniques for neurodevelopmental disabilities in Native American and other under-represented populations. In addition, I am interested in public health practices relating to disability awareness and prevention in rural communities.

Marco Bortolato, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Associate Member                                          

2004 PhD Pharmacology University of Cagliari
2000 MD Medicine University of Cagliari

Profile

My research is primarily focused on the characterization of the biological bases of neurodevelopmental disorders through the employment of behavioral tests in animal models. In particular, my key scientific interest is the identification of the mechanisms of interaction between lipid mediators (including neuroactive steroids and endocannabinoids) and key brain neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. To this end, I employ a broad array of behavioral techniques, as well as electroencephalography, stereotactic surgery and HPLC.

Sean M. Daley, PhD, MA

Professor, Department of Anthropology, Johnson County Community College

Director, Center for American Indian Studies, Johnson County Community College

Full Member                                                                         

2005 PhD Cultural Anthropology University of Connecticut
1998 MA American Indian Studies University of Arizona
1996 BA Anthropology/American Indian Studies Livingston College, Rutgers University

Profile

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

Full Member                

2014 AA Liberal Arts Saint Louis Community College

Profile

I currently attend the University of Missouri - Kansas City and am majoring in Health Sciences. I am also considering continuing on for a master’s degree in public health. I plan to work in public health and serve communities in need. I was an intern over the 2016 summer and then became a Research Assistant for CAICH. I have written one page summaries on AIHREA study results that have been written to share our results with community members. These summaries explain what programs and projects from the grants are used to help eliminate health disparities in Native communities. I have also worked on colon cancer brochures that help educate Natives on the risks and dangers of the disease. I assist with data entry and data cleaning for a variety of projects as well. I believe in helping others and doing my part to help eliminate the health disparities that are present in Native communities.


Edward F. Ellerbeck, MD, MPH

Professor & Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health

Associate Member                                                                         

1987 MPH Epidemiology Johns Hopkins University
1982 MD Medicine University of Missouri at Kansas City
1979 BA Biology University of Missouri at Kansas City

Profile

I am the Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I have also been the co-leader of the Cancer Control and Population Health program at the University of Kansas Cancer Center since 2005 and have more than 20 years’ experience in measuring and improving the quality of medical care. I have experience conducting interventional and observational studies on quality of care in hospitals and primary care practices with a primary focus on cancer prevention and control. I was the first to bring National Cancer Institute (NCI) funding to the KUMC rural, practice-based research network where I developed, implemented and tested a chronic care model for smoking cessation. I am also the medical director of “U Kan Quit” at the University of Kansas Medical Center and recently launched an NCI-sponsored study of smoking cessation in small rural hospitals. I lead the research training program for the Frontiers Center for Clinical and Translational Research and enjoy mentoring junior faculty members and students of all levels.


Kathryn A. Ellerbeck, MD, MPH, FAAP

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Director, Center for Child Health and Development

Associate Member                                                                         

1987 MPH Public Health Johns Hopkins University
1982 MD Medicine University of Missouri at Kansas City
1979 BA Biology University of Missouri at Kansas City

Profile

My clinical interests include diagnosis and management of autism and other developmental disabilities, improving systems for children with autism, and teaching behavior and development. My research interests include drug trials for individuals with Fragile X syndrome, collaboration across systems to improve the medical home for children with autism, and sex differences in autism spectrum disorder.


Babalola Faseru, PhD

Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine and Public Health

Full Member                                          

2005 MPH Epidemiology University of Kuopio
1997 MD Medicine Obafemi Awolowo University

Profile

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. I also serve on the scholarship application committee awarding scholarships to American Indians to study in our Master of Public Health program and am committed to improving educational outcomes for American Indians.


Heather Gibbs, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor, Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, KUMC School of Health Professions

Associate Member                                                                         

2012 PhD Food Science and Human Nutrition University of Illinois
2003 MS Dietetics and Nutrition University of Kansas School of Health Professions
1999 BS Dietetics Olivet Nazarene University

Profile

I have been practicing as a registered dietitian since 2000 in areas including inpatient and outpatient medical nutrition therapy, telehealth-delivered medical nutrition therapy, and undergraduate nutrition and/or dietetics education. I teach courses in medical nutrition therapy and am actively involved in mentoring students. I completed my dietetic internship at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. My research interest focuses upon nutrition education, with particular interest in nutrition literacy, or the capacity with which individuals can use nutrition information to make healthy dietary choices.


W. Matthew Gillispie, PhD

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

Full member                                                                      

2008 PhD Speech-Language Pathology University of Kansas
1998 MS Speech-Language Pathology University of Arizona
1996 BGS Speech-Language-Hearing University of Kansas

Profile

I am a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders and the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders. I am interested in preschool and school-age children with speech, language, and literacy disorders. I provide services and clinical education in the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, as well as local schools. I am also interested in culturally-responsive services, especially to children and families from Native American communities and lead a training grant focused on brining Native students into speech and language pathology. I hold an affiliate appointment in KU's Indigenous Studies Program.


Ryan Goeckner

Graduate Research Assistant, CAICH

Full member                                          

2014 BA Anthropology & American Studies University of Kansas
2012 AA Liberal Arts Johnson County Community College

Profile

I first became familiar with the Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH) through Dr. Sean M. Daley at the Center for American Indian Studies while attending Johnson County Community College. Volunteering with the Center and taking several of Dr. Daley’s classes sparked my interest in working with American Indian communities. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and American Studies at the University of Kansas in 2014 and focused much of my coursework on learning about the American Indian community while continuing to volunteer and, eventually, interning with the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance, Inc., of which CAICH is a founding organization. As an intern I received first-hand experience working in Native communities and learning about and participating in the research process. As a research assistant at CAICH I now work on a variety of projects including our new smokeless tobacco cessation program, our travelling primary care screening clinic, and on the Native 24/7 American Indian ethnic identity study as the project manager. As a graduate student in the department of Religious Studies on the Lawrence campus, I focus on issues of tribal sovereignty and religious freedoms.


K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH

Professor & Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine

Full Member                                                                         

2000 MPH Public Health University of Kansas Medical Center
1995 MD Medicine University of Kansas Medical Center
1991 BA Anthropology Brown University

Profile

I have extensive experience conducting public health and research activities with multiple minority groups within Kansas and urban Kansas City, Kansas. I have directed several cancer screening trials in rural physician practices, safety-net clinics, and in hospitals. For the last six years, I have served as the medical officer of the Wyandotte County Health Department and have been engaged in a number of county-wide health improvement initiatives. I am Principal Investigator (PI) of the National Cancer Institute funded Kansas Community Cancer Disparities Network program (Cancer Networks Program Center U54). This program delivers community outreach as well as training and research to underserved Latino and American Indian communities across our region. I also serve as PI on an NCRR funded Wyandotte County Research Development Collaborative (RC4), a project to stimulate academic and community research partnerships on health disparities topics. Finally, I direct our community engagement program within the University’s Clinical Translational Science Award grant, the Frontiers Program. I have been working with CAICH since the beginning, serving as the Clinical Director for our screening clinic and study physician on numerous grants.


Coreen Gunja

Office Manager, CAICH

Full Member

Profile

I am currently the Office 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 powwows, 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 Gunville

Jordyn A. Gunville

Susan G. Komen for the Cure MPH Scholar

Graduate Research Assistant, CAICH

Full Member                

2014 BA Applied Behavioral Science University of Kansas

Profile

I am an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Mnicoujou Lakota and the proud mother of JorJa and Jarvis. My research interests include maternal and child health, smoking cessation, and breast cancer research. I have been a research assistant with AIHREA since 2011. In 2012 I was an intern at CAICH. I have worked on numerous projects, including Native 24/7, various health literacy projects, All Nations Breath of Life, All Nations Snuff Out Smokeless, community outreach activities, and breast cancer research and education. I have gained leadership experience from being the project manager for our center’s traveling primary care screening clinic, brain imaging research, and maternal and child health research. I am most proud of the relationship I have fostered between AIHREA and my community, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. AIHREA provides many services to my tribe, particularly for youth, including health and wellness activities and college prep. My goal is to gap health disparities by addressing the social determinants of health among American Indian communities.


Jianghua Wendy He, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics

Full Member                                                                                                                     

2007 PhD Statistics Florida State University
2001 MA Statistics Bowling Green State University
2000 MS Management Science University of Science and Technology of China
1997 BS Information Management University of Science and Technology of China

Profile

Public health is one of my major collaborative areas. As an associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics, I have over 10 years collaborative research experience and have worked closely with investigators from various fields of medical and public health research, such as obesity, smoking, and alcohol-related cross-sectional as well as longitudinal research. I am enthusiastic about the work done by the Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH) for the local community and honored to be part of the team.


Edward E. Hunter, PhD

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

Associate Member                

1984 PhD Clinical Psychology Baylor College of Medicine

Profile

I am a Clinical Associate Professor and am board certified in clinical psychology. I am involved in the design of the curriculum and clinical rotation structure for the clinical psychology internship, as well as oversight of the post-doctoral fellowships and practicums in the Division of Psychology. I supervise residents in psychotherapy and teache residents, medical students and psychology trainees in their core didactics. My clinical work is predominantly with outpatients. I use the most up to date evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention and conduct comprehensive psychological evaluations using psychological and neuropsychological tests. My clinical interests include anxiety disorders, stress, anger management and somatoform disorders.


David Jarmolowicz, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Behavioral Science

Full Member                                                                                                        

2011 PhD Psychology West Virginia University
2009 MS Psychology West Virginia University
2006 MA Psychology University of Maryland
2000 BS Psychology Western Michigan University

Profile

My research uses behavioral- and neuro-economic perspectives to conduct research that contributes to the understanding and treatment of addiction. This research includes studies that examine basic learning processes in both humans and non-human animals, studies which examine the pathological patterns of decision making in addicted individuals, and studies that pull upon laboratory findings to develop and/or refine treatment for addiction and its related behavioral deficits.


Kim Kimminau, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Associate Member                                                                         

1984 PhD Anthropology Ohio State University
1980 MA Anthropology Ohio State University
1977 BA Anthropology Brandeis University

Profile

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

Associate Member                                          

1979 PhD Economics Johns Hopkins University
1970 BA Economics Williams College

Profile

I am currently the Chair for the Department of Health Policy & Management and teach Health Care Economics, Strategic Management of Health Services, Quality Management, and Cost-Effectiveness and Medical Decision Analysis. My current research is in the areas of long-term care and hospital quality, including recent publications in the American Journal of Medical Quality and the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. In addition, my textbook, “Economics for Healthcare Managers,” is an AUPHA published textbook utilized to educate the next generation of healthcare administrators. I am an active member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), the Association for Health Services Research, and the International Health Economics Association.


Joseph LeMaster, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Full Member                                                                                                                                                                 

2002 MPH Epidemiology University of Washington
1994 MSc PH in Develop. Countries London School of Hygiene & Tropical Med.
1985 MD Medicine University of Kansas
1981 BSc Health Sciences Boise State University
1979 BA Psychology Northwest Nazarene University

Profile

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.


Laura Martin

Laura Martin, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health

Associate Director of Functional MRI, Hoglung Brain Imaging Center

Full Member                                                                                                                     

2006 PhD Psychology: Cog/Neuro Rice University
2004 MA Psychology: Cog/Neuro Rice University
2001 BA Psychology University of Kansas
2001 BA Dance University of Kansas

Profile

I received my Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience from Rice University. My training included coursework in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. In addition, I have attended the Dartmouth Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience and MGH’s Functional MRI Visiting Fellowship. My graduate work focused on the neural systems of reward processing and individual differences related to impulsivity. Specifically, my doctoral dissertation, which was funded by a predoctoral NRSA training fellowship, examined both event-related potentials (ERPs) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as related to reward prediction and action-monitoring among high and low impulsive college students. This line of research is currently being expanded to clinical populations with impulse control disorders such as nicotine addiction and obesity.


Niaman Nazir, MPH, MBBS

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health

Full member                                          

2000 MPH Epidemiology/Biostatistics University of Kansas Medical Center
1992 MBBS Medicine Allama Iqbal Medical College

Profile

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 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 Native Americans.


Nicole Nollen, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health

Associate Member                                                                         

2002 PhD Counseling Psychology University of Missouri
1997 MA Clinical Psychology Ball State University
1995 BS Psychology Iowa State University

Profile

My research focuses on behavior changes - both at the individual and the systems level - that relate to smoking and obesity among underserved and high risk groups. Within the area of smoking, the long-term goal of my research is to reduce disparities in tobacco-related morbidity and mortality for African American smokers. Within the area of obesity, the long-term goal of my research is to reduce the incidence of overweight and obesity among low income ethnic minority children.


Freddy Pacheco, MS

Research Associate, Children’s Mercy Hospital Allergy & Immunology Laboratory

Full Member                                          

1981 MS Microbiology University of Missouri-Kansas City
1978 BS Biology University of Missouri-Kansas City

Profile

I am an American Indian-Latino researcher (Quechua from Bolivia). I have more than 25 years of research experience in children’s allergy, immunology and environmental health research. I have over 20 publications in the field of children’s allergies and asthma. I have more than 15 years of experience teaching Microbiology and Chemistry to nursing students and have numerous publications in the field of children’s allergy and asthma. I have served on many federal and industrial awards. I am a member of the Board of Directors for the American Indian Health, Research & Education Alliance (AIHREA) and have worked extensively with the Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH). I have more than 5 years of active involvement in the American Indian community in the Heartland (Kansas and Missouri). I participate in and volunteer for many community health events sponsored by both CAICH and AIHREA.


Joseph Pacheco, MPH

CAICH Predoctoral Fellow in Health Policy and Management

Full Member                                          

2013 MPH Environmental Health University of Kansas Medical Center
2010 BS Pre-Med Biology Northwest Missouri State University

Profile

Hello. I am Joseph Pacheco from Kansas City, Missouri. I am an American Indian-Latino. For my undergrad, I pursued a Bachelor of Science in pre-profession zoology from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. After graduating I was unsure of my next step. I knew I wanted to help others better their health, but I was not sure of the best route for me to do so. After talking to my family and trusted advisors, I knew that pursing a Master of Public Health (MPH) would best suit my aspirations. In my search to learn more about public health, I was able to meet Dr. Christine Daley. Dr. Daley told me about all the great things the Center for American Indian Community Health (CAICH) has accomplished and how they use community-based participatory research to involve community members in all aspects of their research. I was able to shadow a few of Dr. Daley’s staff members for a week and get hands on experience on the day-to-day tasks at CAICH. I applied for and was awarded the Susan G. Komen for the Cure fellowship which gave me the opportunity to join Dr. Daley’s team at CAICH, while I worked towards my MPH. I was able to begin working to improve the health of my local Native community right way. After earning my MPH, I have been able to continue working at CAICH as a Program Manager for a web-based smoking cessation study. I have also been able to mentor a new cohort of Native MPH students at KUMC. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Health Policy and Management at the University of Kansas Medical Center.


Ronnie Raney

Website Manager and Information Specialist, CAICH

Full Member                                          

2006 AAS Information Technology Johnson County Community College
1998 BA Anthropology University of Kansas

Profile

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.


Dasy Resendiz

Dasy Resendiz

Research Assistant, Center for American Indian Studies, Johnson County Community College

Full Member                

2015 AS Liberal Arts Johnson County Community College

Profile

I was born in Mexico and grew up in Oklahoma, and eventually graduated from Ringwood High School in 2012. After graduating from high school, I moved to Kansas City and matriculated at Johnson County Community College until I graduated in the fall of 2015. I am currently a junior at KU working on my bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a Minor in Latin American and Indigenous Studies. I was honor to be part of the 2016 AIHREA summer internship and had the opportunity to work with American Indians in Northeast Kansas, as well as in South Dakota. After that I was called back to work for the Center for American and Indian Studies at Johnson County Community College as an undergraduate research assistant. The internship as well as the research assistant position have helped me to learn more about CAICH, AIHREA, and CAIS. Both of these opportunities have also led me to choosing my career in public health. In the future I would like to seek my Masters in Public Health after I receive my BA in Anthropology. Thanks to CAIS, AIHREA, and CAICH I have learned what public health is and look forward to learning more about it.


Kathryn Rollins

Kathryn Rollins, MA

Senior Research Associate, CAICH

Full Member                                                                         

2016 PhD Health Education & Psychology of Physical Activity University of Kansas
2010 MEd Health Education Texas State University
2007 BS Respiratory Therapy University of Missouri-Columbia

Profile

My academic training and research experience have provided me with the background to successfully contribute to health education interventions and research in a variety of specialty areas. My long term research interests involve program development, implementation, and evaluation to address health disparities facing at-risk communities. I have been working in health related fields for 9 years and have been working with CAICH on academic projects for the previous 3 years, before becoming a staff member. At CAICH I have been able to immerse myself in research, education, and community engagement through a variety of projects that target AI communities. The majority of my work has focused on smokeless tobacco interventions. I have assisted with project design, recruitment, data analysis, and the dissemination of research results to the AI and academic communities. I am currently working under the direction of Dr. Daley to document successful smokeless tobacco program outcomes in a series of publications. Working at CAICH has provided valuable experience in community-based participatory research (CBPR) and the development of culturally-tailored health interventions. I look forward to continuing my training and research as we address health disparities in the AI community.


Ed Smith

T. Edward Smith, MA

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

Full Member                                          

2012 MA Indigenous Studies University of Kansas
2001 BA Interdisciplinary Studies University of Missouri-Columbia

Profile

I am an Osage descendant and have spent much of my life in the urban Indian communities around St. Louis and Kansas City. The scope of my work has focused on projects related to tobacco cessation, 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. 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 valuable face to face relationships with community members and partner organizations.


Myrietta Talawyma

Research Assistant, CAICH

Full Member

Profile

Among Native Americans today there is still a hardship of understanding why people need to go to regular doctor appointments or yearly checks to be in good health. My family has a high incidence of female cancer and I was fortunate to have been taught by my mother and grandmother the importance of screenings. I want to assist the Native community to understand why and how they can get medical help or treatment. I understand the doctors of today want to learn and have a cultural understanding of what is going on with Native community and want to help with that. I enjoy having a position that will provide me with the opportunity to use the knowledge, skills, and abilities I have accumulated through my past experience and education. I have been an active member of the Native community all of my life.


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Jessica Williams, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management

Associate Member                                                                         

2013 PhD Health Policy and Management University of California, Los Angeles
2008 MA Economics University of Michigan
2004 BA Economics Stanford University

Profile

I am an assistant professor at University of Kansas Medical Center in the Department of Health Policy and Management. I received my PhD in Health Policy and Management with a concentration in Health Economics from UCLA and have worked for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Congressional Budget Office. My research investigates the relationships between psychosocial workplace factors, employee health, future medical expenditures, and productivity at work. My work has been published in such journals as the American Journal of Public Health, JAMA Pediatrics, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Medical Care.

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