Congratulations to Dr. Samantha Sabo, associate professor for the Department of Health Science and the Center for Health Equity Research for Northern Arizona University, Dr. Ricky Camplain, CHER and health science assistant professor, and Louisa O’Meara, research assistant at CHER, for the publication of their Community Health Representative Workforce Assessment report to the Arizona Advisory Council on Indian Health Care in collaboration with the Arizona Community Health Representative Coalition. Read the full report for more information.
Carolyn Camplain, doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Health and a program coordinator with the Center for Health Equity Research, was awarded the Warren J. Ferguson Scholarship to attend the 13th Annual Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, April 2–3, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Dr. Ferguson is the director of Academic Programs, Health and Criminal Justice Programs and a professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical Schools. The conference is for researchers clinicians, administrators, educators, policy makers and grant funding leaders to examine health policy, scholarship and research in the correctional health field.
In an award letter to Camplain, Dr. Ferguson wrote, “I am very impressed with what you have been able to accomplish in your work to date, and believe that you have great promise in the conduct of high impact research to improve outcomes in this population. … I find your work inspiring and I am honored to be providing you this recognition in my name.”
Camplain also holds a juris doctorate and is an attorney in New Mexico. She will receive special recognition on April 2.
Since the first cord blood transfusion was performed in 1988, doctors have performed more than 40,000 cord blood transplants worldwide to treat more than 80 life-threatening illnesses, including leukemia, lymphoma, blood cancers and sickle cell disease. Despite the need, about 96 percent of cord blood is discarded from the nearly four million births in the United States each year, according to data from the Save the Cord Foundation.
With less than 1 percent of the American Indian population donating umbilical cord blood to public cord blood banks, researchers at the Arizona Biomedical Research Centre (ABRC) were interested in discovering why donations were low.
“Cord blood stem cell donation is important for the treatment of several blood disorders and cancers, but many ethnic groups are underrepresented in public cord banks because they often don’t have access to public cord blood banks,” said Kristan Elwell, an assistant research professor at Center for Health Equity Health Research (CHER) and the Department of Health Sciences at Northern Arizona University. “Most people are more aware of the private banks, but can’t afford them.”
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Dr. Nicolette Teufel-Shone, associate director of the Northern Arizona University Center for Health Equity Research, was recently appointed as an editorial board member of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, an open access peer-reviewed scientific journal. The journal publishes articles and communications in environmental health sciences and public health.
The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) recently featured Dr. Heather Williamson, CHER faculty and assistant professor for the Department of Occupational Therapy, and her work as the main story in their November newsletter. The AOTF funded Dr. Williamson’s recent health equity research work in a project where she used photovoice with American Indian students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The research, titled “Exploring Health and Wellness Among Native American Adults with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities and their Family Caregivers,” was published in the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities on Aug. 22. The team of researchers on the project also included Northern Arizona University graduates Dr. Alissa Brennan and Dr. Samantha Tress, Dr. Darold Joseph, an assistant professor in the NAU Department of Educational Specialties, CHER director Dr. Julie Baldwin, and Russ Randall, transition facilitator at Coconino High School.
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