Navajo people are 3.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with stomach cancer than the Arizona and New Mexico White population.
The Navajo ABID study project is led by Dornell Pete, MPH, Ph.D., a Diné (Navajo) epidemiologist from the Northern region of the Navajo Nation. She has worked with tribal nations in the Southwest and with several Tribal Epidemiology Centers.
Through her work, she hopes to address cancer burdens in the Navajo people and in Native populations nationwide using community-based research practices.
"As a Native cancer epidemiologist, I am recognizing the importance of centering my own community in cancer research discourse and co-leading projects with them to address cancer."
-Dr. Dornell Pete, MPH, Ph.D.
Addressing intersectionality, supporting agency, and promoting community engagement are the core tenants of the Navajo ABID Study. Together, these tenets create values-based relationships and engage reciprocity to promote Indigenous-led research and build Indigenous knowledge that ultimately strengthens community wellness.
Did you know?
The Navajo Nation
is comprised of
110 chapters, or communities
There are only 12 healthcare facilities on
or near the Navajo Nation- an area spanning over 27,000 square miles
Four months into the COVID-19 pandemic,
the Navajo Nation had the largest per capita infection rate in the U.S.
The Navajo Nation has only 13 grocery stores - a result of unjust land and resource policies that have disrupted traditional food systems