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Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan

Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan

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/

Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, MPH, DrPH, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine. 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.




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