Michael E. Bird, MSW, MPH, Diversity/Management Advisor

Michael E. Bird has over 30 years of public health leadership in the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities in the areas of medical social work, substance abuse prevention, health promotion and disease prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, behavioral health, and health care administration.  For 20 years, Mr. Bird served with the United States Public Health Service, Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, which provides healthcare to American Indians and Alaska Natives nationwide.

In 2000 to 2001, Mr. Bird was the first American Indian and social worker elected to serve as president of the internationally renowned American Public Health Association. In his leadership capacity, he has been involved in numerous projects and resides on local, tribal, national and international boards. Mr. Bird earned his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.  Michael is a Santo Domingo/Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Indian from New Mexico. 


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