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Patricia Henderson

​Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson, a member of the Dine’ (Navajo) tribe, serves as the Vice President for the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, an American Indian nonprofit health organization located in Rapid City, South Dakota. Dr. Nez Henderson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Arizona and earned a Master of Public Health degree from Yale University. In 2000 Dr. Nez Henderson became the first Navajo woman to graduate from the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Nez Henderson is acknowledged as one of the leading authorities on tobacco control in American Indian communities. Dr. Nez Henderson has collaborated with American Indian communities in the development, implementation, and evaluation of culturally relevant tobacco control research projects. She and her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Henderson, have two beautiful children, Zahlanii (14 years old) and Mato (12 years old)

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