Kristen Tallis


Research Associate


Kristen Tallis (Diné), MPH, joined the Center for American Indian Health and Family Spirit Program as a Research Associate in Chinle, AZ. She is from Black Mesa, AZ and is a graduate of Northern Arizona University College of Health Sciences (NAU) with a focus on Indigenous Health. Her public health training began as a Native American Cancer Prevention Scholar first studying cancer prevention and survivorship. Kristen previously worked as a research specialist at NAU and coordinated projects aimed at health policy and health disparities. She has been a proactive partner and advocate for Indigenous health utilizing her skills in data management, project management, curriculum development, and evaluation.  Most recently she worked on the Healthy Diné Nation Act Implementation Study in partnership with the Navajo Epidemiology Center (NEC) and the Navajo Nation Maternal and Child Health Needs Assessment in partnership with NEC, Diné College, and Arizona Department of Health. With 6 years of academic training in exercise science and public health she focuses her work and continued study on health policy and maternal and child health in Indigenous communities.  


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