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UWCHR Spring symposium and awards reception: NW Tribal Leadership: Re-envisioning Access to Healthcare
UWCHR Spring symposium and awards reception: NW Tribal Leadership: Re-envisioning Access to Healthcare
WhenThursday, May 10, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Campus locationIntellectual House (INT)
Campus roomMain auditorium
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars, Special Events
Event sponsorsEvent organized by: UW Center for Human Rights
Sponsors include:
Center for Global Studies | Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
Indigenous Wellness Research Institute
American Indian Studies
American Indian Student Commission
Native American Law Center | UW School of Law
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ-Intellectual House

Please join UWCHR for our annual spring symposium and awards reception on Thursday May 10, 2018 at the Intellectual House. This year's event titled "NW Tribal Leadership: Re-envisioning Access to Healthcare," will feature a panel that examines the innovative way tribes in our state are re-conceptualizing access to health, generating new models that not only provide better care for tribe members, but even for non-tribal people in the area. Panelists include Stephanie Fryberg (American Indian Studies & Psychology), Alexandria "Ali" Desautel (Executive Director, Lake Roosevelt Community Health Centers), Kim Thompson (Health Director, Shoalwater Bay Wellness Center) and Aaron Katz of UW Global Health will serve as moderator.

"NW Tribal Leadership: Re-envisioning Access to Healthcare"
Thursday May 10, 2018
5:30 pm - Reception
6:30 pm - Main Program
Intellectual House (UW Seattle. 4249 Whitman Court, Seattle, WA 98195)
This event is free and open to the public. Registration has closed, but there is still space, so please join us at the Intellectual House.


Stephanie Fryberg
Dr. Stephanie Fryberg, a member of the Tulalip Tribes, is an associate professor of American Indian Studies and Psychology at the UW. She teaches courses on Social Psychology, Cultural Psychology, and American Indian Identity.

Dr. Fryberg has dedicated her scholarship to how social representation of race, culture and social class influence the development of self, psychological well-being and educational attainment. Some of her recent work includes “Affirming the interdependent self: Implications for Native American and Latino American students’ academic outcomes,” and “Frozen in time: The impact of Native American media representations on identity and self-understanding.” In 2011, she testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the topic of “Stolen Identities: The impact of racist stereotypes on Indigenous people.” Dr. Fryberg has been quoted in several media outlets including the Washington Post, the History Channel, Huffington Post and the Seattle Times. In December 2017, she participated as one of several expert participants in The Forum webcast presented by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on Discrimination in America: Native American Experiences.

Dr. Fryberg received her masters and doctorate degrees in social psychology from Stanford University, where in 2011 she was inducted into its Multicultural Hall of Fame. She previously served as the director of Cultural Competency, Learning Improvement and Tulalip Community Development for the Marysville School District in Marysville, Washington.

Alexandria “Ali” Desautel
Ali is the Executive Director for Lake Roosevelt Community Health Centers (LRCHC). In this capacity, she oversees two tribally owned Community Health Centers on the Colville Reservation. LRCHC provides Primary Care, Dental, Pharmacy, Optometry, Behavioral Health, and Physical Therapy to the tribal communities of Inchelium and Keller, WA. LRCHC was developed through a grassroots effort of community members and Colville Tribal leaders in the late 90’s. The vision was to provide primary care to both the Keller and Inchelium communities as a whole, without any discrimination.

Ali is a highly accomplished, skilled and patient-centric professional with comprehensive experience in health care administration. She has over 13 years of administrative experience working with cross-functional tribal and non-tribal organizations and patients. Ali started her career at the age of 19 at the NATIVE Project, an Urban Indian Community Health Center in
Spokane, WA. She started first as their Administrative Assistant and as she was attending college, worked her way up to becoming the Clinic Business Manager. Ali received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Eastern Washington University.

At the age of 36, Ali became the Executive Director of Lake Roosevelt Community Health Centers. Lake Roosevelt Community Health Centers are not only a 638 Indian Health Services health center, but also one of the very few HRSA 330 grantees in Indian Country and the only one like it in the State of Washington.

Kimberly “Kim” Thompson
Kimberly Thompson graduated from Central Washington University in 1992 with a BA in Psychology.  She began her career in healthcare at Regence BlueShield where she started out in customer service and managed care. While at Regence, she was appointed as their patient/provider liaison for the implementation of a new managed care program offered by Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services. This background was instrumental in leading her to the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe.
In 1998, she began working for the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe as the Contract Health Service manager and became the Business Office Manager and Site Manager months later.

Kim has served for a number of years as a Contract Health Service trainer for the Portland Area Indian Health Service. She was nominated and approved as the Shoalwater Bay Tribal representative for: the Portland Area for the Contract Health Service committee, tribal alternate delegate for the American Indian Health Commission and most currently, Sergeant at Arms for the Executive board for the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.

In 2012 Kim was promoted to Health Director of the Shoalwater Bay Wellness Center.  Kim shares that “This position has proven the most challenging of my career, but with the diversity of running a Wellness Center, it has also been the most rewarding.  I am very happy to have served the Shoalwater Bay Tribe over the last 20 years and look forward to many more years to come.”

Aaron Katz
Aaron Katz is a principal lecturer in the Department of Health Services and an adjunct principal lecturer of Global Health, where he teaches several graduate level courses in health policy. Aaron has held numerous academic leadership positions, including his current role as faculty coordinator of the Health Systems and Policy Concentration of the Health Services Master of Public Health (MPH) program and was founding director of the Leadership, Policy, and Management track of the Global Health MPH program. From 1988 to 2003, he served as director of the UW Health Policy Analysis program.

Aaron has developed a deep understanding of the U.S. healthcare system and its strengths and weaknesses during a career that has spanned 40 years and four “bouts” with healthcare reform. He has worked in health policy and planning in Washington since 1978, serving as a health planner, policy and planning consultant, lobbyist, and political adviser. Since 1999, Aaron has collaborated on policy development and advocacy projects with colleagues in various countries in southern Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America as well as Japan.

Katz received the Health Reform Leadership Award at the Washington State of Reform Health Policy Conference in 2011, the American Public Health Association's Award for Excellence in 2006 and the UW School of Public Health's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2004.

Aaron received a bachelor of science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1974 and a certificate [master] of public health degree from the University of Toronto in 1975.

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