Profiles of Providers
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Profiles of Providers


There are many dedicated clinicians and researchers decided to improving the health of American Indian/Alaska Native youth.  Profiles will be provided here:

Diana Hu, MD, FAAP

Navajo Reservation
Tuba City, AZ

Education: BS, Stanford University   MD UCSD
Residency: Univ of Colorado, Denver  
Other Important/Relevant Background:
Experience in AIAN Health Care:  Indian Health since 1985



What makes you continue this work?

  1. Scope of practice is diverse and challenging.
  2. Public health focus as opposed to monetary focus
  3. Developing country work in  the US…focus on the underserved
  4. Ability to make a difference locally and nationally for our patients
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What is most challenging about this work?
Federal bureaucracy. Local bureaucracy and lack of vision. Lack of control over some aspects of practice. Nursing and allied health services with chronic shortages. Leadership deficiencies at many levels. High turnover in personnel.  Issues with accountability within the organization to make change.

What is most rewarding about this work?
Can make a difference immediately and long term. Can explore many facets of pediatric medicine. Can mentor new pediatricians, residents and medical students about the benefits of a one payor system and about global health in the US.

Who are your heroes/mentors (in AIAN child health or elsewhere)?
Mathuram Santosham, Kate O’Brien, Allison Barlow, Ray Reid and the team from Johns Hopkins University.  
Holmes Morton for the work done with the Amish population on rare diseases. Paul Farmer for his global health work and bringing it to Navajo.

Anne Schuchat and staff at CDC for their work in child health, especially infectious disease. David Grossman for coming from IHS into public health and continuing to work for underserved populations. AAP staff and Dr. Hassink and Dr. Dwyer for turning the conversation nationally to look at underserved populations. Jennifer Puck for bringing TREC testing to the world and not patenting it so everyone would have it open access.

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