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Native-CHART Native-Controlling Hypertension And Risk Through Technology​

Bobby Saunkeah

Bobby Saunkeah, RN, MSHCE, CIP (Kiowa), is the manager for Research and Population Health for the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health. He is also the Human Research Protections Administrator, the Chair of the Chickasaw Nation Institutional Review Board, and a tribal representative on the Indian Health Service’s National Institutional Review Board. In addition, Mr. Saunkeah is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Health Promotion at the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health, and he is serving a two-year appointment as the Oklahoma Area delegate to the Tribal Advisory Committee of the National Institutes of Health. For Native-CHART, Mr. Saunkeah serves on the Community Action Board and provides guidance on institutional review and research ethics for the “Chickasaw Healthy Eating Environments Research Study” (CHEERS). His primary interests are promoting tribal public health, creating tribal research infrastructure, strengthening research protections in tribal communities, and exploring the application of research and public health ethics principles in the context of tribal culture and sovereignty.