Past NIHB Health Policy Fellows ( 2017-18 )

Past NIHB Health Policy Fellows ( 2017-18 )

The 2017-2018 class of Health Policy Fellows are a diverse group of young women and men from across Indian Country. Several are parents. Some are medical professionals. Others are students. The common thread that unites them all is that they have dedicated time and energy to growing their team-building and Indigenous leadership skills. They have educated their Congressional leaders on important health issues and contributed to the betterment of health programs and policies in their communities.

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Triston Black
Navajo Nation

Triston Black is from Tsaile, Arizona. Triston notes “Navajo Culture is my foundation and guiding source to live a long and happy life. I carry my Navajo teachings and have them as my guiding principles towards a successful future.” Triston’s goal is to one day serve his People as the Navajo Nation President.

It is with prayer and hope that we speak our Navajo Language for generations to come.

PAPER: Policy Recommendations for Healing from Inter-Generational Trauma


Rose Bear Don't Walk
Salish/Crow/Shoshone Paiute

Rose Bear Don't Walk is a budding botanist, aspiring chef, and jiu jitsu practitioner. Graduating from Yale with a B.A. in Political Science, Rose went on to teach her native Salish language on the Flathead Indian Reservation. She is currently a M.S. candidate in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana, as well as a National Science Foundation Native Science Fellow. She hopes to revitalize and reconnect Salish people with traditional food ways.

PAPER: Suicide clusters in Montana Native American Youth: Policy Recommendations for Prevention and Services on the Flathead Indian Reservation

PRESENTATION: Native Youth Suicide: Creating a better future for our next generation

Abaki Beck
Blackfeet and Red River Metis

Abaki Beck is a Master of Public Health candidate at Washington University in St Louis. She earned her B.A. with honors from Macalester College in 2015. After graduation, she worked for a Member of Congress on health, education, and Native American policy issues. She has also conducted oral history research with Blackfeet elders on food sovereignty, which has been used in various community and national Tribal public health events.

PAPER: Policy Recommendations for Domestic Violence Prevention & Services on the Blackfeet Reservation

PRESENTATION: Domestic Violence on the Blackfeet Reservation: A policy perspective

Alec Calac
Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians

Alec was born and raised in San Diego, CA and is currently pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Biology, and he later completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, MD.

PAPER: Training Our Own: How to Address Primary Care Shortages Within the Indian Health Service

PRESENTATION: Training our Own: How to Address Primary Care Shortages Within the Indian Health Service

Shasta Dazen
White Mountain Apache Tribe

Shasta Dazen currently resides on the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona. Shasta served as an ambassador for her Tribe, the state of Arizona and all of Arizona Tribes. She has also served as a GEN-I ambassador. She is dedicated to suicide prevention and became ASIST trained in an effort to help lower the suicide rate of Native youth. Shasta has worked for the Johns Hopkin’s Center for American Indian Health as a Program Research Assistant.

Natahlia Enoah
Diné from Coyote Canyon

Natahlia is currently pursuing her M.S. in Health Education at the University of New Mexico. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar and a SW Tribal Native American Research Center for Health Scholar. Natahlia interned with the Notah Begay III Foundation and served as a Youth Fellow at the National Minority AIDS Council. She is a Program Coordinator with the Native Health Initiative and a Project Coordinator with Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

Ashleigh Fixico
Muscogee (Creek)

Ashleigh is a recent graduate from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Government and a B.A. in Native American Studies. Ashleigh is dedicated to empowering Native survivors of sexual violence, as well as strengthening Tribal responses to their citizens’ needs. She is a member of the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council and interned with the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women through the Udall Native American Congressional Internship. Currently, Ashleigh is a Wilma Mankiller Fellow at the National Congress of Americans.

Christopher Gallo
Comanche Nation

Christopher was raised in Prescott, Arizona. He completed his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Arizona and founded the AIMHI native health education program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He has participated in biomedical research at the Mayo Clinic and at the University of California, San Francisco as an Amgen Scholar. He is currently pursuing an M.D. at Duke University.

I strive to improve the health of Native American citizens by any means possible.

Tiffany George
Louden Tribal Council

Tiffany was born and raised in Galena, Alaska. She is a Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) and works to help reduce the amount of dental decay in Alaska. According to Tiffany her "ambition is to encourage young children and adults to aspire in life, and to pursue their dreams."

Tamee Livermont
Oglala Sioux Tribe

Tamee is a University of South Dakota Alum with a B.A. in Native American studies and a B.S. in Medical Biology. She is a two-time Udall scholar and has participated in several research internships at varying institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tamee aims to address health disparities among Native Americans through research and policy. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health degree at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Health Policy.

PAPER: Policy Recommendations for Methamphetamine Addiction Epidemic on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Across Indian Country

PRESENTATION: Policy Recommendations for Methamphetamine Addiction Epidemic on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Across Indian Country

Ashleigh Manuelito

Ashleigh completed a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University with a concentration in Neurobiology and Philosophy of Mind. She has been an active member in the Bay Area Indigenous community by engaging with at risk youth via a program she helped operate called Native MPH. Ashleigh was a member of the Stanford American Indian Organization and Chi Omega Sorority. She plans to pursue an M.D. while maintaining a connection to her indigenous roots.

Christine McComb
Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians

Christine studied Public Health Sociology with a minor in General Business at The Ohio State University. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In 2015, Christine served as a community needs intern for the American Indian Community House of Manhattan in New York City while maintaining status as a Columbia University Summer Public Health Scholar and a Centers for Disease Control Undergraduate Public Health Scholar.

Maka Monture

Maka is the Program Director for the U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassador program and is working toward a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She holds a B.S. in Applied Indigenous Studies from Northern Arizona University. Maka is a recipient of the “Top 10 Under 40 Award” from the National Parks Conservation Association, The Danny Wilcher Award for Young Activists, the EPA's Carroll Jorgensen Leadership Award, and the Gates Millennium Scholarship. She is a drummer and singer with the Yakutat Mt. St. Elias Dancers.

PAPER: Indigenous Tongues: Policy Recommendations for Tlingit Language Revitalization Efforts

PRESENTATION: Lingít X'éináx Sá/Say it in Tlingit: House Concurrent Resolution No. 19

Stephanie Paz
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tigua Tribe

Stephanie is double majoring in Psychology and Theatre at The University of Texas at El Paso with hopes of graduating in Spring 2019 with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.F.A. in Stage Management. Stephanie currently works on a research project with the The Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board (AAIHB) Southwest Tribal Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) program. She is passionate about educating and caring for the youth in her Tribe.

Naomi Petri

Naomi is from the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. She is the first Dental Therapist in the state of Oregon. She enjoys providing dental care to her fellow Tribal members and community in Coos Bay, Oregon.

Hamilton Seymour
Nooksack Indian Tribe

Hamilton is originally from Bellingham, WA. He is dedicated to promoting youth leadership programs for all Native Youth. He is an elected member of the Nooksack Teen Council and recently served as the Male Co-President for UNITY. Hamilton enjoys participating in traditional War Canoeing. Through his participation in traditional sports he understands the importance of commitment, dedication, and teamwork.

Kaleena Stone
Bishop Paiute Tribe

Kaleena currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. She is a graduate of the Los Angeles Film School, where she studied film production. She aspires to become a Film Director and make documentaries about Native people. She hopes to become an activist film maker and documentarian. Kaleena has also served as an Ambassador to the Bishop Paiute Tribe and is a former We R Native Ambassador.

Rory Wheeler
Seneca Nation/Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation

Rory is an Emergency Medical Technician/Lieutenant with the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Volunteer Fire Department (CIRVFD). Rory is an active youth leader within the Seneca Nation and Indian Country. He has served as an inaugural White House Tribal Nations Youth Ambassador, Gen-I Youth Ambassador, and as a member of the White House Tribal Youth Gathering Steering Committee. Rory has been awarded the "25 under 25" award by UNITY and served as a Co-Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians Youth Commission.

PAPER: Opioids in Indian Country Policy Recommendations

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