Research Interests, Awards, Service

Research Interests:

  • Social Media in healthcare communication to decrease disparities in populations with low health literacy
  • Social Work education and practice integration with Public Health practice and education
  • Research with AI/AN and other communities facing population level health disparities
  • Research about culturally genocidal determinants of mental health concerns
  • Cancer research with AI/AN
  • Mental Health Co-morbidities
  • Balance of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  • Social Work Ethics, especially related to Cultural Concerns


Competitive Scholarship Attendee at the following Conferences and Trainings:

  • National Victim’s Assistance Training, November 2006; Baltimore, Maryland;
  • Community Based Participatory Research Suicide Training, April 2008; Rochester, New York;
  • National Mental Health America National Conference, June 2010; Washington, DC

Project Awards:

Academic Scholarship Recipient:

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation: Fall 1994-Spring 1996;  Citizen Potawatomi Nation: Fall 2008-Spring 2011
  • MPH Program Diversity Scholarship, Fall 2009-Spring 2010
  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation:  Spring 2012 to attend Institute for Healthcare Advancement Conference

Current/Past Board Member (fiduciary responsibility and oversight of not for profit organizations):

  • Heart of America Indian Center (now DBA Kansas City Indian Center), Kansas City, Missouri
  • Nishnabe Institute for Cultural Studies, Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • Mental Health America of the Heartland, Kansas City, Kansas (two terms)
  • Kan-Do Apartments, Kansas City, Kansas



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