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UA Public Health Students Recognized for Promoting Native American Health

From left, Kelsey Yonnie, Amanda Urbina, and Felina Cordova.

From left, Kelsey Yonnie, Amanda Urbina, and Felina Cordova.

Students from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health were recognized for their service to Native Americans in Arizona.

Felina Cordova, MPH (doctoral candidate), Amanda Urbina (doctoral student) and Kelsey Yonnie (undergraduate) were honored by the UA Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) for their participation in cultural enrichment, community leadership, and cancer prevention programs.

Working with Navajo and Hopi tribes on cancer prevention projects, the students focused on promoting healthy living practices among American Indians through social media with an emphasis on traditional foods, mentorship of other students at the UA, and research projects focused on American Indian health.

Cordova received the Student Leadership Award for mentoring American Indian students at the UA and for organizing numerous programs and events, including the Rally supporting Standing Rock, NARTC Winter Institute Annual Conference, the NARTC Annual Christmas Present Drive, and a school supply and prom dress drive for Ha:ṣañ Preparatory & Leadership School.

Yonnie received the Outreach Award for volunteer and community service work at the Tucson Indian Center and the Iskashitaa Refugee Network. She also serves as a Mentor for the Navigators Club.

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