Health is a human right; however, this doesn’t mean that years of colonization, genocide, and trauma of Native American communities are erased. Through improving health and accessibility to sustainable resources, the continuation of Native American communities is made possible. These steps can be taken at any age, as living your healthiest and fullest life is imperative invariably. My hope is that through curriculum development and implementation here at the Center, this can be an opportunity for all communities engaged.
Growing up in the capital of the Cherokee Nation (Tahlequah, Oklahoma), Sarah witnessed the overwhelming need for public health programs within her community and became interested in sustainable health initiatives at a young age. Sarah graduated from Columbia University in May of 2016 with an honors degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a concentration in Ethnicity and Race with a focus in Native American studies. In June of 2016, Sarah joined the behavioral health team at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. As a Health Educator, Sarah works closely with tribal communities to develop curriculum that furthers public health initiatives in various fields such as: adolescent health, alcohol and drug abuse prevention, entrepreneurship, maternal health, mental health, nutrition, physical fitness, trauma-informed care, and teen pregnancy prevention.