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Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan

Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, MPH, DrPH, is a postdoctoral fellow of Communication Journalism and Research Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of New Mexico. Valarie's work focuses on community-based participatory research, including photovoice and participatory filmmaking, to reduce health disparities within the Native American population.  She founded the Diabetes Community Action Project in San Jose, CA, a grass-roots Native American community organizing group to fight diabetes among Indians.
Valarie is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.  She received her doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Project Title: 
Changing Patterns in Health Behaviors and Risk Factors related to Chronic Diseases among Native Americans: 1996-2006. 

Project database:
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/

Recent and Pending Publications:

Jernigan V, Duran B, Ahn D and Winkleby M. (2010). "Changing Patterns in Health Behaviors and Risk Factors Related to Cardiovascular Disease Among American Indians and Alaska Natives." American Journal of Public Health, 100(4): 677-683.

valarie@unm.edu

 




Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ® Princeton, New Jersey