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Wyatt Pickner – Māhina 2018

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Wyatt Pickner, MPH (Hunkpati Dakota) was a student trainee in the 2018 Māhina program. My name is Wyatt Pickner, I was born and raised in South Dakota. I recently graduated with a Masters of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice from the University of Washington. I plan to pursue a career in research with…

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Keala Patterson – Māhina 2018

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Keala Patterson, was a student trainee in the 2018 Māhina program. Aloha, my name is Keala Patterson and I come from the beautiful Makaha side on the island of O’ahu. I am a Native Hawaiian scholar pursuing a Masters of Public Health degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. My focus is on Native…

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Anitra Hill – Māhina 2018

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Anitra Hill, was a student trainee in the 2018 Māhina program. I am a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Over the summer, I spent two months in New Zealand studying under Maori and Pacific researchers, learning about the difficulties their in indigenous communities. Many of these difficulties like our own; obesity, drug addiction,…

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Keturah Peters – Māhina 2018

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Keturah Peters, was a student trainee in the 2018 Māhina program. Keturah Peters is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is a proud member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. Keturah hopes to begin her nursing career as a bedside nurse and then expand to community nursing. She…

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Kamaka’Ike Bruecher – Māhina 2018

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Kamaka’Ike Bruecher, was a student trainee in the 2018 Māhina program. Aloha mai. I was born and raised in Ballard, Seattle on Duwamish land. I acknowledge my ancestors from Eastern and Northern Germany, Hakka from South China, and my matrilineage from the village of Miloliʻi in Kona Hema, Hawaiʻi. I currently study Public Health and…

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Becka Adolpho – Māhina 2018

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Becka Adolpho, was a student trainee in the 2018 Māhina program.   Aloha. My names Rebecka Kalani O Keiki Ulu wehiwehi Pili Aloha Adolpho and I hail from Hawaii on the little island of Molokai. I’m currently perusing my undergraduate’s degree in psychology and am set to graduate in the spring of 2019. My hope…

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Santino Giovanni Camacho – Māhina 2017

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Santino Giovanni Camacho, was a student trainee in the 2017 Māhina program. Santino Camacho (Chamoru): Dual major in psychology and gender studies, University of Washington Hafa Adai, I am Chamoru and from the island of Guåhan in the Marianas. I just graduated with a degree in psychology and gender studies from the UW. In fall…

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Lauren White – Māhina 2017

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Lauren White, was a student trainee in the 2017 Māhina program. Lauren White (Choctaw): MPH student, University of Washington Halito. I am a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and was born and raised in rural southeastern Oklahoma. I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health in the UW Epidemiology program, where I…

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Jo Ann Tuifanu – Māhina 2017

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Jo Ann Tuifanu, was a student trainee in the 2017 Māhina program. Jo Ann Tuifanu (Native Hawaiian and Samoan): BA in Social Work, University of Hawaii Aloha. I was born in Honolulu on the island of O’ahu. I am interested in researching community mental health and Native Hawaiian approaches to community-based treatment. My hope is…

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Keith-Allen Afong – Māhina 2017

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Keith-Allen Afong, was a student trainee in the 2017 Māhina program. Keith-Allen Afong (Native Hawaiian): Majoring in Cultural Resource Management, University of Hawaii Aloha. I was born and raised in the town of Waimanalo on the east side on the island of Oʻahu. I am interested in researching about and managing Hawaiiʻs cultural resources such…

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