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Making the Invisible Visible
Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 12:00pm to Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 1:00pm
Making the Invisible Visible

American Indian/Alaska Native Health Lecture Series


Making the Invisible Visible:

The Story of the Portland Region's Native Community

Presented by Nichole Maher, MPH


Thursday, September 29, 2011

12:00 - 1: 00 PM, Lecture followed by discussion

Oregon Health & Science University, University Hospital South, 8B60, (8th floor of the main OHSU hospital)           


(Refreshments provided at 1130 AM)

Ms. Maher has served as the Executive Director of the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) in Portland, Oregon for over 10 years. Under her leadership, NAYA Family Center has grown from a staff of five and a budget of $200,000 to over 100 employees and a $10 million annual budget. In 2010, NAYA served over 5,000 families as a wrap-around community service organization offering culturally specific education programs.  Nichole serves on several governing boards, and has received numerous leadership and industry honors, including Oregon's 50 most powerful people, Oregon's top 40 under 40, as well Oregon Women of Distinction award.

Ms. Maher, a proud mother of two, and a member of the Tlingit Tribe of Southeast Alaska, was born in Ketchikan, Alaska and attended school on the Siletz Indian Reservation. She received a BS in both Public Health and American Indian studies from OSU, and then went on to obtain her MPH from PSU.

This lecture will provide information on how the diversity of the Native Tribes in the Portland region parallels, and may exceed, the racial and ethnic diversity of the nations from around the world that have claimed and made this region their home. Yet, the history, heritage, and identity of the Tribes of the Great Northwest and beyond have been minimized to the name of rivers, other geographic landmarks, and unfortunately ignore the presence, hopes, and dreams of individuals, tribes, and nations often clustered under the label of American Indian or Native American. Making the Invisible Visible is a quest for identity and self-determination.


Sponsored by the CDC-funded Prevention Research Center, the Center for Healthy Communities, at OHSU, and by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board