Agnes Attakai

Director, Health Disparities Outreach & Prevention Education
Faculty, Indigenous Public Health Certificate
Agnes Attakai

1295 N. Martin Avenue
Campus PO Box: 245163
Drachman Hall A202
Tucson, AZ 85724

Agnes Attakai, MPA, a member of the Dine (Navajo) Nation, was raised on both the Dine homelands in Arizona and the urban California suburbs. She currently works as the Director of Health Disparities Outreach and Prevention Education for the Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Agnes has a Master of Public Administration degree and a Public Health Training Certificate for American Indian Health Professionals from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Her role is to engage and collaborate with Tribal Nations and underserved communities in Arizona to reduce health disparities and promote health equity. She has a broad background in community health, public health education, health communication, health promotion/disease engagement, and STEM mentoring specifically in rural/frontier American Indian communities.

She has also been a guest lecturer in undergraduate and graduate classes at the College of Medicine and College of Public. She teaches HPS 597Maternal & Child Health Programs in the Rural Southwest Service Learning as part of the Indigenous Public Health Certificate program and FCM 101 Success in Native Health Pathways.

Agnes is a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), National Rural Health Association (NRHA), Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and American Public Health Association (APHA), with leadership roles on the NRHA Rural Health Equity Council, SACNAS Native American/Indigenous Affairs Committee, and Arizona Rural Womens Health Network.


1997, BA, Political Science and American Indian Studies, University of Arizona

1999, MPA, Public Administration, University of Arizona


Coe K, Wilson C, Eisenberg M, Attakai A, Lobell M. Creating the environment for a successful community partnership. Cancer. 2006 Oct 15;107(8 Suppl):1980-6.

Coe K. Martin L, Attakai A, Papenfuss M, Giuliano A. Traditionalism and its Relationship to Disease Risk and Protective Behaviors of Women Living on the Hopi Reservation.

Health Care Women Int. 2004 May; 25(5):391-410.

"Caring for Arizona's American Indian Women's Health" (Video). Minority Cancer Prevention Program, Arizona Cancer Center 2000.

Languages Spoken: 

English, Navajo


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