Gail Dana-Sacco PhD, MPH, CHES

Gail Dana-Sacco
Position:Affiliation:PassamaquoddyRegion:North America
Biographical Information:Gail Dana-Sacco, PhD, MPH, CHES Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of New England; Faculty Associate, Center for American Indian Health, Johns Hopkins University; and Director of the Maine AHEC Network, a statewide organization dedicated to improving the distribution of the primary care workforce in rural and underserved areas. Dr Dana-Sacco holds the Wabanaki Center, Director Emerita position at the University of Maine, where she worked to develop and support Wabanaki scholarship. Her lifetime service to the Native communities of Maine includes positions in public health, education, and community development. Honors and awards include fellowships with the Kellogg National Leadership Program and the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership.

She earned her PhD in Health and Social Policy at the Johns Hopkins University conducting her dissertation research, “Applying Passamaquoddy Wisdom to Contemporary Tribal Health Decision-making” in her home community at Sibyig. She currently teaches Community-Based Participatory Research and An Interdisciplinary Approach to American Indian Health. Her research interests include: indigenous languages and health; the politics of health policy; the structural bases of health disparities; injury prevention; and indigenous research methodologies.