Emily Haozous, Ph.D., R.N., an assistant professor at the University ofNew Mexico College of Nursing, has won a competitive grant from the Robert WoodJohnson Foundation (RWJF) to develop interventions to encourage Native Americanwomen to undergo cancer screenings.

Haozous is one of just 12 nurse educators fromaround the country to receive the three-year $350,000 Nurse Faculty Scholaraward this year. The award is given to junior faculty who show outstandingpromise as future leaders in academic nursing. The grant period begins nextmonth.

“Being chosen as a Nurse Faculty Scholar is a hugehonor,” said Haozous. “The selection criteria are rigorous and the people theyselect are superstars. I am thrilled to be among them and to get the resourcesand training to start me on that path. This is incredibly meaningful for me andmy institution.”

For her research project, Haozous will develop aculturally appropriate intervention for Native American women using digitalstories to encourage cancer screenings.

The intervention willuse video footage of Native American women who have undergone cancer screeningsto relay their experience using the words of the community. These digitalstories will be shown at outpatient clinics during medical appointments toencourage women who might otherwise be hesitant about receiving screenings to doso .

“New Mexico has a huge cancer disparity among Native Americans, and bythe time many schedule a medical appointment, the disease has already turnedfatal,” said Haozous. “With this tool, I’d like to reduce the number of cancerfatalities among Native Americans in the state and at the same time help peoplefeel that health providers are trustworthy.”


Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322