July 5, 2019 – Michael Bird is a familiar face on New Mexico in Focus as a regular contributor to the Line opinion panel segments. But he also has a long history of public health service. He was the first Native American to serve as president of the American Public Health Association. Last year, he was named one of the 75 most influential alumni of the past 75 years by the University of California’s Berkeley School of Public Health. His work has focused on medical social work, health care administration and public health policy. Bird sits down with NMiF correspondent Megan Kamerick to talk about his nearly three decades in public health, as well as his efforts to address health disparities for Native Americans.
Michael Bird, Past President, American Public Health Association
May 17, 2019 – Tribal leaders, community members and public health workers are seeking to reduce opioid and substance abuse among Native Americans. Increased use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. and has led tribes to coordinate with interested parties to examine prevention efforts, treatment, recovery and laws governing the drugs. The opioid crisis was among top issues discussed at the National Indian Health Board’s annual National Tribal Public Health Summit. This year’s gathering was held in Albuquerque, bringing together leaders and health experts focused on improving the overall wellbeing of tribal communities.
NMiF correspondent Antonia Gonzales speaks with health experts who are focused on pressing public health needs in tribal communities.