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Vanessa Simonds

​Vanessa Simonds, ScD, enrolled member of the Crow Tribe and descendant of the Blackfeet Nation, is an assistant professor in Community Health at Montana State University. She earned her graduate degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health with a Master of Science from the Department of Epidemiology, and a Doctor of Science from the Department of Society, Human Development & Health.  In 2011, Dr. Simonds finished a postdoctoral fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-Center for Health Policy at The University of New Mexico. After her postdoctoral training she joined the faculty at The University of Iowa College of Public Health as an assistant professor. After 2 years in Iowa, she was excited to move back to her home state, Montana. Dr. Simonds uses community-based participatory research approaches to address health and health literacy issues ranging from chronic disease to environmental health among Native Americans. She is especially committed to designing and evaluating strength-based, community-centered outreach strategies designed in partnership with Native American communities.  She is currently funded through MSU’s Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity to work in partnership with Crow community members to develop an environmental health literacy program for Crow youth and their families.

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