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Shelly Bointy MSW

Shelley Bointy is an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Montana. She also descends from the Little Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa Indians. She is the Project Director for the Center for American Indian Community Health at University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Shelley earned her Master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas and has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the same institution. Shelley has over 10 years of grant administration experience as well as extensive experience in research, teaching and practice in the field of type 2 diabetes in Native populations. Shelley is an adjunct instructor at Haskell Indian Nations University where she teaches “Diabetes and the Native Americans” for the Health, Sports, and Exercise Science department. Shelley has worked with and for Native communities her entire professional career. Her current projects at CAICH include coordinating the Administrative Core of the Center and leading one of the obesity research projects that entails creating culturally-tailored weight-loss intervention based on the Diabetes Prevention Program.

Shelley has been happily married to Joe Bointy for 16 years and has 2 children, Shelby and Sara. In her spare time she likes to run, sew, bead, and take the time to travel to pow-wows where she is an accomplished fancy shawl dancer.

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Stacy Braiuca MSW

Stacy is a Research Associate for the Center for American Indian Community Health and Healthy Living Kansas in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She has previously worked on the Komen Breast Cancer and NIH Colorectal Cancer projects, organizing, moderating, and doing analysis of focus groups and interviews. She has worked as the Lead Facilitator for the All Nations Breathe of Life program. Stacy is currently working on the P-20 Mammography Satisfaction project with Dr. Kimberly Engelman and her Healthy Living Kansas team, with Dr. Melissa Filippi, Dr. Florence Ndikum-Moffor, and Dr. Charlotte McCloskey in developing mental health studies, and in writing brochures, working on health brochure and literacy projects, while she continues to assist on other projects as requested. Stacy has been a Clinical Social Worker for the past 14 years, specifically in the field of juvenile mental health and substance abuse, serves on the board of directors for Mental Health America of the Heartland, and Kan Do Apartments. She recently completed her Master’s in Public Health and is looking forward to working in the area of health literacy with disadvantaged populations. In her free time, she enjoys blowing glass, etching copper, dying silk, and other artistic creations. She is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and a lifelong Kansas City area resident.

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Travis Brown

My name is Travis W. Brown I am an enrolled member of the Sac n Fox Tribe of Oklahoma and Kiowa, I was born in Dallas, Texas and attended Haskell Indian Nations University and work in Preventive Medicine as a Research Assistant. I have had the opportunity to work with the All Nations Breath of Life stop smoking cessation program and helped start a far site in Dallas, Texas for the program. Presently I am working with Haskell Staff on a Dorm Challenge to help promote and recruit for our TCTABS an ANBL programs. It has been a valuable learning experience here with the CAICH team, and I continue to learn more about the research methods used to conduct studies in indigenous communities and help promote healthy lifestyles and the necessary changes to achieve this. Also working with different types of indigenous communities has helped me understand the dynamic changes necessary in education to promote these healthy lifestyles and programs available to the indigenous communities in helping change not just health disparities but other social disparities as well. The experience with the CAICH team has proven to be a valuable experience in my future endeavor’s with Native American communities across North America.

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Ruth Anna Buffalo

Ruth Anna Buffalo, carries her late grandmother Ruth’s Hidatsa (Nuxbaaga) name, Mia E’desh, Women Appears, she is a member of the Awa xia clan (Dripping Earth). She is the granddaughter of the late Ruth (Rabbithead) and Theodore Buffalo Bolman Sr. Her mother is Maxine Buffalo and her father is Santos Hawks Blood Suarez III. Her father, retired Air Force, returned from Iraq after 6 yrs of service the night of Ruth’s birthday last August. She is a proud mother of two beautiful children, Mya and BJ.

Ruth Anna Buffalo is a Susan G. Komen for the Cure Scholar in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at KUMC and works as a Graduate Research Assistant with CAICH, where her work focuses on breast cancer research for both men and women. Her passion lies in improving the quality of life within her hometown tribal community of Mandaree, ND which is located on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Her grandmother Ruth passed away at an early age from breast cancer. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor of eight years.

Ruth served 7 years at United Tribes Technical College as the director of the Strengthening Lifestyles’ comprehensive wellness program which served elementary students, college students and their families, employees and their families. During her time at UTTC she also taught CPR/1st Aid classes as well as Fitness, Wellness classes, co-facilitated weekly Fitness/Nutrition group sessions for the students and employees and coached basketball. Ruth carries certifications in Worksite Wellness, Cooper Fitness specialist and Tai Chi Easy group facilitation.

Most recently she served her tribe in the capacity of Summer Youth Work program coordinator in which she oversaw 120 youth and 12 district coordinators. Ruth has extensive experience in working with our tribal youth as a volunteer, mentor as an Indian Education tutor, YMCA Afterschool program room leader, Boys and Girls club intern, Substance Abuse Prevention coordinator and Youth Leadership Development worker.

Ruth obtained a Master’s in Business Administration the Summer of 2010 from the University of Mary located in Bismarck, ND. In 2010, ND Business Watch named Ruth as a “40 under 40 leader”. Ruth holds a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from Si Tanka University, Huron, SD. Ruth is a 2011 Alumni of the Tri College National Education’s Womens Leadership Development Institute.

Currently she is a member of the Cohort 2 of the Native Nation’s Rebuilder’s program through the Bush Foundation and partner Native Nation’s Institute/ Harvard Project.

Ruth hopes to return to the Fort Berthold Indian reservation to continue serving others. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, running, playing basketball and learning her tribal language while maintaining her tribal cultural way of life.

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