The Native American Health Center (NAHC) and its academic partner, Miranda Worthen, have been bridging the gap between a community organization and academia, with the goal of modeling respect for community knowledge while enhancing the research and evaluation capacities of the organization. This collaboration has given NAHC the platform to further exercise the right to Indian Self Determination. In this case study, we present the initiation of the partnership, focusing on each partners’ needs, values, and goals, and how these attributes have contributed to this promising collaboration.
Miranda Worthen, PhD
San Jose State University
Esther Lucero, MPP
Native American Health Center
Miranda Worthen, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at San JoseStateUniversity. She has been consulting with the Native American Health Center in Oakland, CA since January 2012. Miranda previously co-led a multi-year CBPR study with young mothers formerly associated with armed groups and fighting forces in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and northern Uganda.
Esther Lucero, MPP, is of Dine’ and Latina decent. She is the Director of Policy and Programs at the Native American Health Center in Oakland, California. She is an Adjunct Professor at San Francisco State University, and San Francisco Art Institute in the American Indian Studies and Urban Studies departments respectively. She has dedicated her work to promoting policy change for urban American Indians/Alaska Natives using a community driven, multi-media approach.