“Health Disparities Among Native Americans” Presented by Michael Bird

Bird is a Santo Domingo-San Juan Pueblo Indian from New Mexico with more than 25 years of public health experience. The first—and only—individual of Native American descent who served as president of the American Public Health Association, his expertise spans medical social work, substance abuse prevention, health promotion and disease prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, behavioral health and health care administration.

Bird’s lecture is part of a multi-faceted visit focused on Native American public health. In addition to meeting with faculty and students in the David B. Falk College, which has academic programs in public health, child and family global health, social work, and addiction studies, Bird will meet with representatives from the University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs as well as faculty from the Anthropology Department. He will also be a featured speaker in one of the University’s Native American Studies courses, Haudenosaunee Language and Culture. During his visit, Bird will also meet with students at the Onondaga Nation Health Center.

Bird currently serves as a public health consultant for the Kewa Pueblo Health Board and the Kewa Pueblo tribal officials and is working to develop a tribally owned and directed health center. He also provides private consulting services to public health, social work, government and educational institutions in specialty areas that include health disparities, program development, and health policy for American Indian communities. He earned his MSW from the University of Utah and his MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.

This event has been made possible through generous support from the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, as well as Syracuse University’s Office of the Chancellor, Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Native Student Program, the Office of Admissions, Indigenous Law Students Association, the Department of Anthropology, the Meredith Professor Program and the Onondaga Nation Health Center. Paid parking will be available at the Marion Lot and Booth and University Avenue Garages. For more information about this lecture, contact 315-443-2048 or sdlane@syr.edu.