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Valerie Blue Bird Jernigan

Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan is a community-based participatory researcher, trained in intervention science, with the goal of combining research and action for social change. Dr. Jernigan is an Associate Professor of Health Promotion Sciences at the College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She received her doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. Dr. Jernigan has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several studies focused on improving the food and physical activity environments in Indigenous communities and is currently the Principal Investigator for the NHLBI-funded R01 study "THRIVE," Tribal Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments, which is implementing healthy makeovers in tribally owned convenience stores in the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations of Oklahoma. She is also the Principal Investigator for the NHLBI-funded R01 study “Dietary Interventions to Address Hypertension” which is a national study examining a culturally-tailored dietary intervention for American Indians with high blood pressure.  Dr. Jernigan is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.​

Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan DrPH, MPH
Associate Professor, Health Promotion Sciences
College of Public Health
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

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