UArizona Health Sciences: Increasing Representation of Natives in the Health Workforce – The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix

Coming Together to Grow Our Own

There is a need for increased representation of Native Americans in the health workforce. This is particularly important when considering care for Indigenous communities and is necessary to achieve health equity. Those we serve often hold essential knowledge and community-informed approaches are invaluable when developing programs, policies, and processes aiming to strengthen representation in healthcare. This presentation will present the state of the Native American workforce in Arizona and describe ongoing efforts to bring together various constituents to “grow our own.”


  • Kim Russell – Kim Russell is of the Bitter Water People, born for the Tangle People. Her maternal grandfathers are of the Coyote Pass Clan and her paternal grandfathers are of the Bitter Water People. Ms. Russell is from Chinle, Arizona, and is a citizen of the Navajo Nation. Ms. Russell is the executive director of the Arizona Advisory Council on Indian HealthCare, an independent state agency whose mission is to advocate for increasing access to high quality health care programs for all American Indians in Arizona.
  • Timian M Godfrey , DNP, APRN, FNP-BC – Dr. Timian Godfrey is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, has a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and is certified in public health training. Dr. Godfrey’s DNP degree had a focus in leadership from Johns Hopkins University and her public health training, specializing in American Indian Healthcare, was attained from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition to her faculty position, she is an advanced practice nurse working in emergency medicine in rural tribal communities.
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