Sheila Hull
Sheila Hull campaign leader

Many Native Americans have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine. One such Native American woman is Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson.
Dr. Henderson grew up in the small community of Teesto, in the southern part of the Navajo Nation, in a home with no electricity or running water. Her father was in construction, and her mother was a stay-at-home mom. Dr. Henderson states that her childhood was wonderful; "my relatives lived all around me, and since we had no television, we did so much together to entertain ourselves."
As a senior, Dr. Henderson, applied to only one school, the University of Arizona. She graduated from there with a degree in biochemistry. After taking a year off to help her family relocate, Dr. Henderson, enrolled in a two-year masters program in Public Health at Yale. After finishing her masters in Public Health, she remained at Yale to attend medical school.
For the past decade Dr. Nez Henderson has assisted tribal communities across the nation in enacting 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.
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