Jeffrey Henderson is Lakota and an enrolled member of the
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Dr. Henderson acquired both his Bachelor’s and
Medical degrees from the University of California, San Diego. After completing
a residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at the University of Washington,
Dr. Henderson moved to Eagle Butte, South Dakota in 1992, where he served as
Clinical Director of the PHS Indian Hospital there. He returned to Seattle in
1994 to pursue his Master’s training in Public Health, after which he moved to
the Black Hills of western South Dakota and returned to work in primary care once
again for the Indian Health Service.
Dr. Henderson began his transition to public health and epidemiology, joining
the well-known Strong Heart Study as a co-investigator. Also in 1998, Dr.
Henderson founded the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, a
community-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the
wellness of American Indians through research, service, education, and philanthropy.
The Center has met with considerable success, garnering over $20 million
through 24 peer-reviewed health research grants and contracts, largely from NIH
and CDC; providing well-paying jobs and benefits for more than 40
reservation-based tribal members; and injecting over $5 million directly into
impoverished reservation communities. Additionally, for the past 16 years Dr.
Henderson has provided continuous mentorship for junior American Indian and
Alaska Native post-doctoral investigators through the Native Investigator
working, Dr. Henderson can be found spending time with his beautiful wife and two
children, dancing and singing at pow-wows, riding his bicycles and motorcycles,
and skiing and hiking throughout the Black Hills.