Jennie Joe

Professor Emerita, Family and Community Medicine
Interim Executive Co-Director, Native American Research and Training Center
Tribal Affiliation
Diné (Navajo Nation)

Jennie R. Joe, PhD, MPH, is professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and directs the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC). In addition to her appointment in the College of Medicine, Dr. Joe also teaches in the American Indian Studies graduate program. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and her research interests includes indigenous health, childhood diabetes, cancer and women’s health and is currently a member on the Institute of Medicine’s committee on health disparities. She also serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Among one of her more recent projects included coordinating a case study on the Office of Native Medicine in Chinle, Arizona, for the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The video illustrates the successes and challenges that traditional Navajo practitioners (traditional healers) encounter as they collaborate with physicians and other health care providers in the clinical care arena.


  • PhD, MPH