Policymaking to Support the Health of Native American People

John Molina. M.D., J.D., is Pascua Yaqui and Yavapai Apache. He is the Compliance Officer for Native Health, in Phoenix. He has held positions as the Health Systems Director for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe in Kenai, Alaska, Chief Executive Officer for Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Assistant Director and Medical Director for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid program, and an OB/GYN physician with the Indian Health Service. Dr. Molina is also the founder of Las Fuentes Health Clinic in his hometown of Guadalupe, Arizona. Dr. Molina is a graduate of the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, and the Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law, Arizona State University. He also the recipient of an honorary doctoral degree in letters, litterarum humanarum (L.H.D.), from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Kirksville, Missouri, for his humanitarian work. His interests are in the integration of Indigenous Medicine and Western Medicine, and Indian Health Care Law and Policy. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran. He enjoys international travel and participating in Indigenous cultural events with his wife Dr. Stephanie Little Hawk-Big Crow, Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Contact: jmolina@nachci.com

Dr. Nicole Redvers, N.D., MPH, is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation in Denendeh and has worked with Indigenous patients, scholars, and communities around the globe her entire career. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of North Dakota where she helped developed and launch the first Indigenous health PhD program. Dr. Redvers is co-founder and current board chair of Canadian charity the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation based in Yellowknife, NWT, providing traditional Indigenous-rooted Land-based wellness supports to northerners. She has been actively involved at regional, national and international levels promoting the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in both human and planetary health research and practice.

Contact: nicole.redvers@und.edu

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