October 31, 2010

Henderson is Greatest Person of the Day

Greatest Person of the Day:  Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson, Native American Health Advocate

By Dominique FentonEvery day on HuffPost, we're highlighting one 'Greatest Person'--an exceptional individual who is confronting the country's economic and political crises with creativity, generosity and passion. Today we feature Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson, a member of the Dine' (Navajo) tribe and Vice President of the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, an American Indian nonprofit health organization located in Rapid City, S.D. She is the first Native American woman to graduate from the Yale School of Medicine. For the past 10 years Dr. Nez Henderson has collaborated with tribal communities all over the country in implementing comprehensive tobacco control and prevention programs. Her tireless efforts to change the way Native Americans see and use tobacco, and her work in advancing the health of Native communities across this country, is something we all can learn from and be inspired by.Comment:  For more Native honors, see First Drum Awards Announced and KCET and San Manuel Announce Awards.

Below:  "Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson seeks to raise awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco products among Native Americans."

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