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Manager, Tribal Health Program and Senior Researcher
Stephanie Carroll Rainie (Ahtna Athabascan) is manager of the Tribal Health Program and senior researcher at the Native Nations Institute (NNI), Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, The University of Arizona.
Rainie's research program, ongoing for over a decade, explores the links between governance, health care, and community wellness. Her current project, "Beyond Health Care: Community, Governance, and Culture in the Health and Wellness of Native Nations,"was awarded $731,573 in support by the W.K. Kellogg foundation. She is collaboratively engaged with a community of researchers at NNI, whose projects span the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Rainie functions as the Center's liaison to the University's Human Subjects Protection Program, monitoring implementation of the guidelines in Center research projects.
Rainie is a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona's (UA) Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH), where she is also a long-standing teaching assistant for a graduate-level Public Health Research and Evaluation course. She is active in the UAs American Indian and Indigenous Health Alliance Club, working to support the recruitment and retention of Indigenous students and faculty in the health sciences. Annually, she facilitates a week-long, intensive service learning course that familiarizes public health graduate students with the Tucson community.
Healthy Indigenous communities are built and rebuilt every day, though the actions of both citizens and leaders. We are healthy when our households, workplaces, and institutions are positive places, and when our Nations' successes are shared. Rainie's research comes in many forms, from case studies of successful strategies to translation of large datasets into common language. Yet the ultimate goal remains the same: enhancing the connection between people and their communities.