The Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy presents its Homecoming Week 2012 Fall Lecture, "Prevention Research with Tribal Communities," on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building Acoma rooms A&B.; Delivering the lecture is Lorenda Belone, Ph.D., MPH, an assistant professor in the UNM College of Education and a RWJF senior fellow. This event is free and open to the public.

Belone is the first graduate of the RWJF Center at UNM and a leading scholar in tribal participatory research. Belone has more than 12 years of community-based participatory research experience working with the Native American Pueblo, Navajo and Apache communities. Initially working with these communities as a graduate research assistant, Belone has put that experience to use in her position in the College of Education Department of Health, Exercise & Sports Sciences.

Belone is currently project investigator on the "Family Listening Program: An intergenerational family CBPF prevention program," a NIH-funded initiative; and co-investigator on "Research for Improved Health: a national study of community-university partners."

Recently, Belone received a secondary appointment with the Center for Participatory Research at the UNM School of Medicine.

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