Deionna Vigil

 “Was this knowledge/information that was once weaponized against us?” -Leandrew Dailey

Biography

Deionna (Dee) is Tewa from Nanbé Ówîngeh, NM. She graduated in 2018 from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO with a Bachelor of Science in cellular and molecular biology.

Prior to joining the Center for American Indian Health in 2020, Dee was an Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) postbaccalaureate fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke within the National Institutes of Health. There her research focused on the ethical inclusion of American Indian and Alaska Natives have in clinical research studies at the NIH that are not specific to AI/ANs or a Native Nation. To continue to pursue her interest in bioethics she created the Redline Institute, a community-based organization that focusses on reshaping the way scientists, researchers, and medical doctors approach biomedical and clinical research as well as improve health science communication and accessibility.

Dee originally joined the center as a Research Program Assistant with the Iiná Ayoo’oo’ni’:Embrace Life, Suicide Prevention Program and the IHS Zero Suicide Initiative. She has since began work on RSV and other infectious disease related activities and is grateful and humbled at the opportunity to improve Indigenous health and wellbeing.

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