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Past Recipients of the Native American Child Health Advocacy Award



Congratulations to our previous award winners:

    2015 – Mathuram Santosham, MD

    Mathuram Santosham, MDDr. Santosham is the Founder and Director of the Center for American Indian Health at the Johns Hopkins University. He holds Professorships in the Departments of International Health and Pediatrics. Together with the Indian Health Service, Dr. Santosham has worked with the White Mountain Apache and Navajo nations for over 35 years. His pioneering research on oral rehydration therapy and H.influenzae type b, conducted in partnership with these American Indian communities has helped to save over 50 million lives. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Sabin Gold Medal and the Fries Prize for Improving Health.

    Each year, the AAP Committee on Native American Child Health presents the Native American Child Health Advocacy Award to recognize an individual who has made a major contribution to Native American child health.

    2014 - Jacqueline L. Nelson, MD

    Jacqueline L. Nelson, MDDr. Nelson is a pediatrician at the Wind River Service Unit on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. She has worked for the Indian Health Service for the past 23 years, also intermittently serving as chief medical officer while at Wind River. She is a past AAP Wyoming Chapter president and is District VIII Chapter Forum Management Committee representative. Dr. Nelson and her nurses ​​implemented Bright Futures as a part of the Bright Futures Preventive Services Improvement Project and are involved in the Pediatric Research in Office Settings study Adolescent Health in Pediatric Practice. Dr. Nelson is the state’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention chapter champion.  

    Each year, the AAP Committee on Native American Child Health presents the​ Native American Child Health Advocacy Award to recognize an individual who has made a major contribution to Native American child health.​

    2013 - Joseph T. Bell, PharmD, MD

    Joseph Bell, PharmD,MDDr. Bell, a Lumbee Indian and general pediatrician, is medical director of Pembroke Pediatrics, a division of Children’s Health of Carolina, in Pembroke, N.C. He also works as a pediatrician at the Catawba Indian Health Service unit on the Catawba Indian Reservation in Rock Hill, S.C.  He has served on the executive committees of the AAP Committee on Native American Child Health and the North Carolina Pediatric Society. Past president of the Association of American Indian Physicians, Dr. Bell sits on the North Carolina American Indian Health Board.  He is developing an obesity and diabetes prevention program for Native American communities.

    Each year, the AAP Com​​​mittee on Native American Child Health presents the Native American Child Health Advocacy Award to recognize an individual who has made a major contribution to Native American child health.​

    2012 - Mark Butterbrodt, MD

    Mark Butterbrodt, MDDr. Butterbrodt is a pediatrician at the Mission and Bennett County community health centers in South Dakota. For 20 years, he worked with the U.S. Public Health Service on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and other Native American reservations in South Dakota. His primary efforts were to teach healthy lifestyles and prevent type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other causes of premature death for these groups at higher risk.

    Each year, the AAP Committee on Native American Child Health presents the Native American Child Health Advocacy Award to recog​​nize an individual who has made a major contribution to Native American child health.​

    2011 - James J. Campbell, MD

    ​​James J. Campbell, MDDr. Campbell has worked on the Navajo Nation for over 25 years, with most of that time being spent at Fort Defiance, Arizona. While at Fort Defiance, Dr. Campbell distinguished himself as a tireless and passionate advocate for the well-being of Navajo children. As a practicing pediatrician, he was both day and night fighting on the front lines to improve child health. Over the years, he has literally touched the lives of thousands of our country’s most vulnerable and deserving children. Additionally, D​​r. Campbell has also been an effective advocate at the regional and national level through his work with the Johns Hopkins University, assisting in the development of vaccines crucial to preventing serious diseases that disproportionately burden Native populations.

    Dr. Campbell has​​ been a friend, mentor and role model to many young pediatricians, family practitioners, and nurses. He is responsible for many entering and staying in the Indian Health arena. He has also mentored a number of leaders involved in Native American Child Health. Genuinely humble and unassuming, Jim is the kind of leader who did so by example. Consequently, his many achievements have gone relatively unnoticed for most of his career. However, the impact he has had, both directly through his exquisite and compassionate care, and indirectly through his leadership and mentorship of several generations of American Indian Child Health Advocates, cannot be overstated. ​​​

    2010 - Rosalyn Singleton, MD, MPH

    Rosalyn Singleton, MD, MPHRos Singleton received her medical degree from Northwestern Medical School, Chicago in 1982, pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, and MPH from Loma Linda University.  Ros st​arted her career as a pediatrician on the Navajo reservation.  Since 1988, she has worked as a pediatrician at Alaska Native Medical Center, director of Immunization Program for Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and guest researcher with Arctic Investigations Program – Centers for Disease Control.  Ros has collaborated in research on RSV, Hib, pneumococcal disease and respiratory disease.  With her husband and two sons, she enjoys a nordic skiing, running and biking.

    Dr. Singleton was selected because of her outstanding work in the epidemiology of infectious diseases in AI/AN children. She has singlehandedly defined this field and her work has allowed practitioners to tailor vaccines and treatment specific to Native children.  Her publications have highlighted the ongoing disparities in infectious disease morbidity and mortality for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children. More importantly, her research has lead to the development of strategies tailored for AI/AN children that have reduced mortality from Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD). Lastly, her work on IPD has shed light on the issue of replacement vaccine serotypes which has implications not only for AI/AN children but for immunization of children throughout the world.​

    2009 - Roger E. Gollub, MD

    Roger E. Gollub, MD​​The 2009 Native American Child Health Advocacy Award was presented posthumously to Roger E. Gollub, MD on Sunday, October 18, 2009 in conjunction with the AAP ​National Conference and Exhibition in Washington, DC. Dr. Gollub was a brilliant pediatrician and scientist who provided care to American Indian and Alaska Native children for over 24 years. He began his career as a staff pediatrician at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico, served as the epidemiologist for the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service, and also worked at the Primary Care Center at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Dr. Gollub was tragically killed on November 19, 2008 in Kotzebue, AK, when a snowmobile crashed into the dogsled he was driving. Dr. Gollub’s life was spent serving others. He was instrumental in drawing attention to public health issues facing the communities he served.

    2008 - Stephen A. Holve, MD

    Stephen A. Holve, MD​2008 Award Recipient, Stephen A. Holve, MD (right)
    with former AAP Committee on Native American Child Health Chairperson, Lance Chilton, MD (left). The 2008 Native American Child Health Advocacy Award was presented to Stephen A. Holve, MD on Sunday, October 12, 2008 in conjunction with the AAP National Conference and Exhibition in Boston, MA. Dr. Steve Holve is a Captain in the United States Public Health Service and the Chief Clinical Consultant in Pediatrics for the Indian Health Service. He attended medical school at UCSD and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Colorado. He has worked in clinical pediatrics on the Navajo Nation in the Southwest for the past 23 years and is also Chief of Pediatrics at the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation. In his nomination letter, Dr Holve is described as "a consummate pediatrician" who "has set an exceptionally high standard and example for the practice of clinical and community pediatrics". Dr Holve has also been instrumental in establishing a new Reach Out and Read Coalition devoted to AI/AN children. ​

    2007 - David C. Grossman, MD, MPH

    ​​David C. Grossman, MD, MPH2007 Award Recipient, David C. Grossman, MD, MPH (center)
    with AAP Committee on Native American Child Health Past Chairpersons,George Brenneman, MD (left) and Lance Chilton, MD (right) .

    The 2007 Native American Child Health Advocacy Award was presented to David C. Grossman, MD, MPH on October 28, 2007 in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Grossman was nominated by Dr William Green, who stated, "Dr. Grossman continues an over 20-year career of pediatric clinical practice, research, and advocacy with a major emphasis on improving the health of American Indian and Alaska Native children. Those of us who have had the privilege of knowing and working with Dr. Grossman have been inspired by his tireless energy to identify and address health disparities so that American Indian and Alaska Native children can realize their full potential as descendants of the first Americans." One of Dr. Grossman's numerous accomplishments has been his mentorship of dozens of pediatric residents at the Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Many of his former trainees have gone on to careers in the Indian Health Service, and have themselves become strong advocates for American Indian and Alaska Native children.

    Dr. Grossman is a pediatrician at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle Washington, and is Group Health’s medical director for preventive care and senior investigator in the Center for Health Studies. He is also a professor of health services and adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington (UW). Before coming to Group Health in 2004, he was the director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center and co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the UW.  He is a former chairperson of the AAP Committee on Native American Child Health and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications related to American Indian and Alaska Native child health.​

    2006 - William F. Green, MD

    William F. Green, MD ​2006 Award Recipient, William F. Green, MD (left) and AAP Committee on Native American Child Health Chairperson, George Brenne​man, MD (right)​.

    The 2006 Native American Child Health Advocacy Award was presented to William F. Green, MD on October 8, 2006 in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Green was nominated by Dr Kelly Moore, Clinical Consultant of the IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention. Dr. Moore stated, "Dr. Green has displayed exceptional leadership on behalf of Native American children through his distinguished service as Chief Clinical Consultant in Pediatrics for the IHS from 1996 to 2002. Also board-certified in family practice, Dr. Green remains widely recognized by his peers as one of the nation's leading experts and advocates for Native American child health. Dr. Green has a universal reputation as an extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, thorough and conscientious physician. He is beloved by countless Indian children and families, having cared for thousands of Native American children as individuals in the same way that he advocated for them as a group. Dr. Green helped a generation of IHS pediatricians to better serve their patients, a legacy that will be a model for IHS pediatricians and Chief Clinical Consultatns for years to come."

    Dr. Green attended Harvard College, and the USC School of Medicine. In 1975, he joined Indian Health Service in Zuni, New Mexico. After completing pediatric residency at the University of New Mexico, he rejoined the IHS and spent 22 years at Albuquerque Indian Hospital. During this time he collaborated on a CATCH and Healthy Tomorrows Grants, served as a consultant to the AAP Committee on Native American Child Health, and served as chairperson of the Indian Health Special Interest Group of the Section on Community Pediatrics. Despite retiring in 2003, Dr. Green continues to see patients at two Pueblo Indian clinics and teach residents at the University of New Mexico.​

    2005 - Lori Griffin Byron, MD

    Lori Griffin Byron, MD​The 2005 Native American Child Health Advocacy Award was presented to Lori Griffin Byron, MD. Dr. Byron was nominated by Kathleen Masis, MD, Actin​g Chief Medical Officer of the Billings Area IHS, for being a "tireless and effective advocate for Native American children's health in many significant ways during her tenure as pediatrician for the Crow Service Unit in the IHS".

    Dr. Byron has been a pediatrician with IHS in Crow Agency, Montana for 17 years. She obtained a BS and a BA from Kentucky Wesleyan College, her medical degree from University of Louisville, and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She served three years as president of the Montana Chapter of the AAP. She began the first Reach Out and Read program on an Indian Reservation, and the first in Montana. She chairs the Child Protection and Mortality Review in her region, and has done much work related to child abuse and neglect. Her Crow Indian name is "She-Who-Keeps-Life-Sacred."​

    2004 - Peter Talbot, MD

    Peter Talbot, MD

    Peter Talbot, MD, (pictured above) was nominated for the Native American Child Health Advocacy Award by the Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) and the Portland Area Indian Health Services for his "career long dedication to the health care of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children, and his extraordinary impact on students of the various health care professions in this regard. After serving for several years as a general physician at an IHS facility in Ketchikan, Alaska, he entered pediatric residency at Children's Hospital/University of Washington, and became Board Certified in ​​Pediatrics in 1976. He has worked for the SIHB ever since, assigned there by the Portland Area IHS as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service.

    Not only has he headed pediatrics for SIHB, but he has continued through the present to also serve as its Medical Director for many years. Perhaps more importantly with respect to this nomination, he has been extremely active as a preceptor and clinical instructor, imparting a wealth of wisdom and experience in treating AI/AN children and in planning for their future health. This has included teaching of physician assistant students, family nurse practitioner students, medical students, and residents. He has been named "Teacher of the Year" by the Providence Medical Center Family Practice Program. One of his most notable achievements in educating providers has involved an innovative ​​and still unique residency, SIHB's own American Indian/Alaska Native Family Practice Residency Program, which has been graduating two residents every year since 1997. While he was instrumental in assisting with the creation of this one of a kind residency, he also proved to be one of its most popular clinical instructors, receiving from its first graduates in 1997 a new recurring teaching award they decided to name the "Peter Talbot Teaching Award". He received this namesake award again himself in 1999.

    While a pediatrician, Dr. Talbot has notable family practice skills as well, and even performs obstetrical deliveries. He is now, in fact, delivering some 3rd generation Indian babies, a ​​notable achievement in its own right. Both within and outside of the SIHB organization, he brings a long career of Native American child health involvement to the forefront. This includes stints on the Children's Hospital Executive Committee, Chair of the Division of Pediatrics at Providence Medical Center, King County Infant Mortality Task Force, and his own facility's Maternal and Infant Steering Committee. He has been an active and effective provider, teacher, and leader, and is universally respected and appreciated by his colleagues, his patients, and his students.​

    2003 - J. Kenneth Petersen, MD, MPH

    J. Kenneth Petersen, MD ​J. Kenneth Petersen, MD (pictu​red right, receiving award from Jon Almquist, MD) is a pediatrician with a long-standing passion for helping American Indian and Alaska Native children.

    Dr. Petersen has served Native American children for over 30 years, starting on the Ft. Peck Indian Reservation. He pursued training to return to the Indian Health Service as a pediatrician. He was chief of pediatrics and medical director of the Alaska Native Medical Center and then r​​esearcher and chief of epidemiology with CDC's Arctic Investigations Program (AIP) concentrating on infectious diseases of Alaska Native children. He served as Senior Clinician in Pediatrics for the Indian Health Service from 1989 to 1996. Following retirement he has volunteered with the polio eradication program in Pakistan and with CDC/AIP, focusing on Alaska Native children.​

    2002 - Lance Chilton, MD

    Lance Chilton, MDLance Chilton, MD, (pictured right, receiving award from David Tayloe, MD) is a pediatrician with a long-standing passion for helping American Indian and Alaska Native children. He is one of the foremost advocates for Indian children in the United States, and led the AAP Committee on Native American Child H​​​ealth (CONACH) to become one of the most active committees within the Academy.

    As an intern, Dr. Chilton participated actively in a physician group that formed one of the first urban Indian centers at the Kinatechatapi clinic in Seattle. After completion of his internship in 1970, Dr. Chilton moved to Gallup, NM where he served as a pediatrician at the Gallup Indian Medical Center. He later relocated to Albuquerque, NM, started a medical practice, and has remained active in Indian health affairs.

    Working together with Native American families of special needs children, Dr. Chilton pulled together a coalition that received a Healthy Tomorrows grant to form the "Helping Indian Children of Albuquerque" organization. This group continues to be active in advocating for the needs of this vulnerable group of children.

    Dr. Chilton has been at the forefront of many national efforts to raise the quality of care for children within the Indian Health Service (IHS). As a member of the first AAP Indian child project advisory committee of the AAP, he was an advocate for Indian child welfare and assisted Indian tribes in addressing child health concerns. Dr. Chilton has helped IHS pediatricians improve the quality of care they provide to their patients in Billings, MT, Talequah, OK, and the Mohawk reservation in New York. Dr. Chilton has also been active in Washington, DC, advocating for Native American child health issues and programs.​

    2001 and Prior
    • ​​2001 - J. Kenneth Fleshman, MD, MPH
    • 2000 - Diana Hu, MD
    • 1999 - Dorothy Meyer, CNM, MPH
    • 1998 - James A. Lewis, MD
    • 1997 - Lawrence R. Berger, MD, MPH
    • 1996 - George Brenneman, MD
    • 1995 - Everett Ronald Rhoades, MD