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Public Health Epidemiology Conversations Podcast

Episode #171: Interview With Dr. Amruta Dixit, Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center

Interview With Dr. Amruta Dixit, Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center

On this episode, you’ll meet Dr. Amruta Dixit with the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, and hear about her journey into public health. Dr. Dixit is an epidemiologist and the student development director. She talks about how they are serving the needs of their community and supporting the tribes during this COVID-19 pandemic. She also talks about the program focus and activities as well.

Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center

The Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, is just one of 12 partner Tribal Epidemiology Centers funded by the Indian Health Service’s Division of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention to assist in improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout the United States.

This episode is part of a special sponsored series of episodes that I bring to you once a month. You’ll learn about the Tribal Epidemiology Centers, through my interviews with public health professionals working with the community at each of the centers.

Dr. Dixit Describes The Albuquerque Area Tribal Epidemiology Center

"Our TEC is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and serves the 27 tribes, Pueblos, and Nations in the Albuquerque IHS Area. Our population spans across New Mexico, Southwestern Colorado, Western Texas, and Southeastern Utah. This includes 20 Pueblos, two Apache Nations, two Ute Tribes, three Navajo chapters, and the off-reservation population. While we do not focus on specific health concerns, we are committed to providing the best resources and assistance possible to alleviate prominent health disparities in our region. We provide our partners with technical assistance and trainings, as well as participate in surveillance activities and health research and share our findings with our communities. AASTEC's Executive Council has outlined a few health priority areas which include: Healthy Aging, Injury Prevention, Behavioral Health, and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management."

Amruta Dixit, PhD, MPH

Dr. Dixit earned her PhD in infectious disease epidemiology as well as her MPH in epidemiology from the University of California Irvine.

She has a decade of public health experience in a variety of settings, including extensive experience working on vector-borne and vector-mediated infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Dixit has been with Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center since January 2017 where she has had the opportunity to broaden her skillset and public health knowledge to encompass other elements of epidemiology, such as substance misuse and injury epidemiology.

She enjoys living in New Mexico but is looking forward to being able to travel elsewhere safely again!

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Dr. Dixit's Career Advice To Public Health Students And Graduates

  • Keep in mind that public health is an interdisciplinary field and that there are lots of opportunities to nurture your interests while in the field of public health.

  • Speak up! I got my first post-MPH job by attending a social hour after a seminar series lecture and chatting with the guest speaker.

  • Set yourself apart. Whether it's additional certifications or taking courses outside your department, anything you can do to set yourself apart from the rest of your cohort-mates will serve you well.


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