I never cease to be amazed by the incredible colleagues with whom I get to work at the Center for American Indian Health. Each person is so passionate and contributes a unique perspective to the catalog of programs and services at our Center. In particular, the team working in the field is tireless in their drive to improve the health and well-being of their community, and other populations facing similar challenges. I am honored to be a part of the Center and strive to bring the same pride and joy to our group that so many have brought to me.
My long-term vision includes developing interventions that are transferable to other Native and indigenous communities and which can be incorporated into existing service delivery systems. Specifically, I aim to culturally adapt evidence-based practices for uptake and scaling in communities with gaps in essential sexual and reproductive health education.
Associate Scientist Lauren Tingey, PhD, MPH, MSW, is a clinical social worker and behavioral health scientist with training in social and behavior change theory, intervention development, program evaluation and clinical practice with individuals and families. Lauren joined the Center in 2008 to coordinate several studies exploring the intersection of substance use and suicide risk among adolescents. Since 2010 she has been leading a portfolio of research focused on developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions addressing sexual and reproductive health disparities among adolescents and young adults. These programs have a goal to prevent sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS and unintended pregnancy. Lauren’s research draws on a combination of methodologies including community-based participatory approaches, qualitative research, mixed-methods and stage-based cultural adaptation. In 2016, Lauren was named one of three Associate Directors at the Center.