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Agnes Attakai MPA

Agnes  Attakai MPA

Director, Health Disparities Outreach & Prevention Education

Community, Environment & Policy Department

1295 N. Martin Avenue
Drachman Hall A202
PO Box: 245163
Tucson AZ 85724
(520) 626-4727


Agnes Attakai, MPA, a member of the Dine (Navajo) Nation, was raised on both the Dine homelands in Arizona and the urban California suburbs. She currently works as the Director of Health Disparities Outreach and Prevention Education for the Center for Health Equality at The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Attakai has a bachelor’s degree in political science and American Indian studies and a Master of Public Administration degree from the UA with a focus on health policy. She has received additional training through the National Cancer Institute Native Researcher Cancer Control Training Program and the Woodrow Wilson Summer Institutes Fellowship in Public Policy and International Affairs at the University of California, Berkeley, and Georgetown University.

Attakai has coordinated education programs for American Indian students at the university and community college level. She has been a graduate research assistant, program coordinator, senior research specialist, and evaluator focusing on community-engaged projects and coordinating education and training programs for medically and rural underserved populations in Arizona. She has developed educational materials and curriculum on health prevention, including cancer, to lay health workers (Community Health Representatives/Promotoras de Salud) and community members. Current projects include the Southwest American Indian Collaborative Network grant with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., the Center for Health Equality/Project EXPORT with the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health, and the Evaluation of the Hardrock Youth Wellness and Prevention Program with the Navajo community of Hardrock, Ariz.

Attakai is a member of the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus of the American Public Health Association, the Native Research Network and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. She is on the Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition State Plan committee and a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health Minority Women’s Health Panel of Experts.


1997, BA, Political Science and American Indian Studies, University of Arizona

1999, MPA, Public Administration, University of Arizona


Coe K, Wilson C, Eisenberg M, Attakai A, Lobell M. Creating the environment for a successful community partnership. Cancer. 2006 Oct 15;107(8 Suppl):1980-6.

Coe K. Martin L, Attakai A, Papenfuss M, Giuliano A. Traditionalism and its Relationship to Disease Risk and Protective Behaviors of Women Living on the Hopi Reservation.

Health Care Women Int. 2004 May; 25(5):391-410.

“Caring for Arizona’s American Indian Women’s Health (Video).”Minority Cancer Prevention Program, Arizona Cancer Center 2000.

Languages Spoken:

English, Navajo

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