Kirstin Howell


Research Nurse Supervisor

Working with the Navajo people in Shiprock has been a joyful learning experience.  Their thoughtfulness, openness, and readiness to laugh are all traits that provide inspiration and motivation for me.  Each time I see a Navajo baby with their family in clinic or at a home visit, I remember why we are working to protect, promote, and preserve their health.  The health of a nation’s children is the foundation of a nation’s strength.


Kirstin is a registered nurse who has worked with the Center for American Indian Health since 2012.  She holds a Bachelors degree in nursing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage.  Kirstin manages the infectious disease team and provides supervisory support to the behavioral health team at the Shiprock, NM office.  She works with Indian Health Service employees at Northern Navajo Medical Center to facilitate clinical research activities, works closely with site staff to accomplish field and clinic-based research activities, provides staff training and facilitates staff education, coordinates Shiprock site Professional Development activities, and interacts with administrative staff in Whiteriver and Baltimore. Kirstin is working toward a Doctorate of Nursing Practice through Frontier Nursing University.


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