Kristen Speakman


Director of Training

Native American peoples and communities have a great deal to teach the world. It is an honor and privilege to work in partnership with them to develop health promotion and disease prevention programs. A particularly rewarding experience is supporting Native scholars through our training program to help build their public health skill capacity to facilitate health leadership and programming in their communities.


Kristen joined the Center in 1998 where she is a Research Associate working with both the behavioral health and training teams. She received her MA from the University of New Mexico in 1998 and MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2006. She has worked on both domestic and international public health projects from 1992 to present. Her area of interest is examining the intercultural aspects of health research as well as the process of replicating and disseminating effective public health interventions. She is currently working on initiatives to disseminate the Family Spirit Program in partnership with various communities and organizations around the country, as well as managing the Center’s efforts to develop and implement fitness and nutrition promotion projects as a means to prevent obesity and diabetes. She also works very closely with the training team to develop and implement the Center’s Training Program.


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