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Native Investigators

Vanessa Hiratsuka, Ph.D.



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Dr. Hiratsuka is currently an indigenous Senior Researcher in the Southcentral Foundation Research Department. In 1999 Dr. Hiratsuka earned her B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University, and she earned her M.P.H. in Public Health Practice from the University of Alaska in 2007. Dr. Hiratsuka recently earned a PhD in Public Health from Walden University in 2013.  Dr. Hiratsuka’s current research activities include serving as the Co-Investigator or site PI on 4 projects aimed at improving a range of health outcomes in diverse AN/AI communities topics. These projects focus on implementing a patient-centered “medical home” model of health care in a tribal health system; screening, detection, and management of trauma in primary care; primary care team shared decision- making for depression treatment, and evaluating the early childhood health outcomes related to culturally modified Nurse Family Partnership intervention. Her ​analytical experience includes qualitative and quantitative analysis of health interventions in the Alaska Native outpatient primary care setting.  Dr. Hiratsuka is Navajo/Winnemem
Wintu heritage.

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