Diné College hosts conference on public health

Nov 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

Diné College (DC, Tsaile, AZ) and the Navajo Nation Human Research Review Board recently co-hosted the Navajo Nation Research Conference, which assembled researchers and public health professionals from across the United States. Dr. Mark Bauer, an instructor at DC, helped organize the conference at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock.

“The conference was great for our students and students from other regional universities who participated in greater numbers than ever before. Professors and researchers from other institutions shared many of their findings on the Navajo Nation, and the level of networking I witnessed among participants at the conference was impressive,” said Bauer.

The director of the Navajo Epidemiology Center, Ramona Antone-Nez, provided a keynote address about the important role that the center is playing in monitoring Navajo health and centralizing research findings.

Presenters focused on topics ranging from smoke-free policies to livestock and equine safety. Other discussions centered on youth diabetes, cancer, and oral health, highlighting new findings from Indian Health Services and university-based research. In all, there were over 60 separate research presentations, organized into 15 different sessions. DC and the research board will hold a subsequent conference in 2015; dates and location will be announced later.

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