Native American health expert to speak in Sacramento |

Native American health expert to speak in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and#8212; Patricia Nez Henderson, the first American Indian woman to graduate from Yale School of Medicine, will speak on the Sacramento campus of UC Davis. The granddaughter of a Navajo medicine man, Nez Henderson is now vice president of the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health in South Dakota, where she blends her expertise in public health, medicine, culture and advocacy to improve chronic-disease outcomes among American Indian tribes. She is best known for developing culturally tailored tobacco-prevention programs, including a web-based program for Native American youth.

What: Nez Hendersonand#8217;s address and#8220;Toward Healthier Nations: Linking Medicine with Culture to Heal American Indiansand#8221; is part of the Deanand#8217;s Lecture Series hosted by Claire Pomeroy, CEO of the health system, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis.

When: Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, 5 – 6:15 p.m., followed by a reception.

Where: UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. A map and directions are online at

Reservations: The event is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling (916) 734-9101 or e-mailing For more information visit

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UC Davis Health System is an integrated, academic health system encompassing UC Davis School of Medicine, the 613-bed acute-care hospital and clinical services of UC Davis Medical Center, the 800-member physician group known as UC Davis Medical Group and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.