Ryan Martin is Diné from the Navajo Nation. His clans are Nashashi (Bear People), Tachii’nii (Red Running into the Water), Hooghan lani (Many Hogans), and Kin lichi’nii (Red House). Ryan completed his Bachelor of Science in Population Health magna cum laude with a minor in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico, and Masters of Public Health in health systems, services, and policy from the University of New Mexico. His area of contribution is in integrating public health principles and practices into improving American Indian health outcomes through community-engaged policy His experience has been involved in local studies addressing Native youth behavioral health disparities in New Mexico, college-aged assessment of HIV PrEP uptake, program evaluation for UNM’s Transdisciplinary Research Equity and Engagement Center, and has directly contributed to New Mexico’s Department of Health Maternal Child Health program in injury prevention for infants. He is also a 20-year retired US Navy veteran.
Nazhoona Betsuie was born in Phoenix, Arizona and is orginally from the Navajo Nation. She is a current undergraduate student at Arizona State University and is majoring in Public Service and Public Policy with a concentration in Sustainability and a minor in American Indian Studies. She has been active in the indigenous student community at ASU and has served as an indigenous student leader throughout her undergraduate career. Creating and supporting community-led action and initiatives are what she strives to continue to do after she completes her degree.