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Kelly Gonzales


Kelly Gonzales, Ph.D., M.P.H., an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s, School of Community Health where she teaches courses in public health including Healthy People-Healthy Places and Native American Health. She has served on the faculty since 2013. Dr. Gonzales’s research explores how psychosocial factors, particularly perceived discrimination, can impact diabetes-related health and health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN.). Currently, she has been awarded funding by the National Institutes of Health’s’ National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to investigate potential associations of Everyday Discrimination, retention and program completion using data from the Special Diabetes Program for American Indians (SDPI) Initiative, Diabetes Prevention Demonstration Project[KG1] . Her research is influenced by Community-Based Participatory Research principles, and all of her work is guided by strong, active partnerships with AI/AN communities and organizations that serve AI/AN peoples.

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