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Field Staff Profile Katsi Cook

2/5/14 in New York under Field Staff Profiles Women's Health




New York

A new generation of girls and young women in Indian Country must now be educated within, and renew for ourselves, ancient ways of thinking so that the powers of their womanhood can be better utilized to move forward the healing paths of our families and communities. Reproduction is not just about reproducting bodies but also, it's aobut reproducing culture and society.   -Katsi Cook

Since 1983, Katsi Cook has conducted community-driven environmental justice health research. She used this knowledge to found the Woman is the First Environment Collaborative which brings together Native American women’s leadership in reproductive and environmental health issues.

Katsi has served as a Lecturer at the University at Albany School of Public Health and as a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University’s American Indian Program.

In 2006, Katsi Cook returned to Running Strong, as Director of Woman is the First Environment Collaborative and as a Field Coordinator, after taking several years to focus on her research. Her return and current work has been made possible by a generous grant from the Ford Foundation. 

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