The UNM HSC Center for Native American Health is pleased to announce the hire of Joyce Naseyowma-Chalan as an Associate Director for the Center for Native American Health, (CNAH).  Ms. Naseyowma-Chalan is of Hopi and Taos Pueblo descent who lives in Cochiti Pueblo.

"I am very excited about this new opportunity and will work very hard to create an honest and respectful partnership between UNM Health Sciences and NM Tribal communities," says Naseyowma-Chalan.

Naseyowma-Chalan is an UNM alum of 1986.  She received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Hawai'i in 1992, and was appointed by Governor Bill Richardson to direct the Public Health Division at the state Department of Health where she worked for two years.

Naseyowma-Chalan began her career with the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, Inc. (AAIHB, Inc.) as a coordinator of a community base alcohol and substance abuse prevention program for several tribes. For 18 years, she worked in various capacities for AAIHB, Inc, including five years as executive director for the organization.

Naseyowma-Chalan is married to Mars Chalan of Cochiti Pueblo.  They have three children; Leticia 29, Marcelino Jr. 16, Cynthia 9, and, one grandchild, Stefanie 6. 

When asked what she hopes to gain from this job experience, Naseyowma-Chalan says, "I heard so much about UNM Health Sciences when I was at NM Dept. of Health, I am anxious to find out for myself whether all those things are true."

The Center for Native American Health is a newly developed program at the UNM  Health Sciences Center designed to partner with tribal communities and to address health and education disparities. The center is located in the Family Community Medicine building. Gayle Dine Chacon, M.D. is the center's director.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322