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Episode #232 Holistic View Of Public Health And Tribal Communities, With Lucinda Cowboy, MS


On This Episode Of The Public Health Epidemiology Conversations (PHEC) Podcast


This episode of Public Health Epidemiology Conversations is one in a series of special sponsored episodes where we learn about Tribal Epidemiology Centers. We talk to Lucinda Cowboy, from the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center about how she got into public health, what her work involves, and why she's motivated to help the communities that she does. She translates the beautiful sayings from her mother tongue that inspire her in her work and describes the importance of framing your work within a specific community. We discuss the benefits of having community members represented on the boards of epidemiology centers, and how she combines her indigenous knowledge with the western knowledge she was taught, to help the community. Lucinda ends the episode with two key pieces of advice for students, followed by Dr. Huntley's reflections on the conversation. Join us for another fascinating episode!


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Meet Our Guest, Lucinda Cowboy


Lucinda Cowboy is a tribal member with the Navajo Nation and has proudly served and

worked with many tribes in New Mexico. She has extensive experience with community

outreach as a health educator, prevention specialist geared towards diabetes and

substance abuse prevention along with coordinating different research projects.

Additionally, she has served as a tribal liaison to Native American communities. She

continuously engages with and builds working relationships and partners with individuals,

various groups and organizations. Lucinda has a considerable amount of experience in

facilitating meetings, trainings and evidence-based curriculum.


She received a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Administration at Northeastern State

University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and received a Master of Science in Community Health

Education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lucinda is also a

proud mother to two beautiful kids.


Conversation Highlights


  • Welcome to a special sponsored episode, where we learn about tribal epidemiology centers.

  • Today's guest: Lucinda Cowboy from the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center.

  • A traditional tribal introduction by Lucinda, and what it means.

  • The souvenirs that Dr. Huntley’s son collected, that Dr. Huntley kept from the Gallup area, and Lucinda’s childhood experience of these.

  • When Lucinda first learned and became interested in public health.

  • What Lucinda’s current work looks like: managing the day-to-day activities of the AASTEC.

  • The traditional sayings that Lucinda lives by, and how they motivate her to help the communities that she does, the way that she does.

  • The importance of the way you frame your work within communities.

  • How Lucinda feels the community receives her and her organization’s work: the benefits of having community members represented on the board.

  • The benefits of having indigenous knowledge as well as western knowledge in public health.

  • Lucinda's career advice to current students or recent graduates: your family, community, and culture is your strength, and always have a mentor.

  • Dr. Huntley’s reflections on the conversation, and her appreciation of Lucinda’s view of public health.

Lucinda's Career Advice To Public Health Students and Graduates


Identify Mentors - Lucinda Cowboy

Keep In Touch


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Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center

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