Charles Yellow Horse
Project Title: The "Indian New Deal" & The Tribes of the Southwest
Faculty Mentor: David Rehkopf, Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health, of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health), and, by courtesy, of Sociology, and Co-Director, Center for Population Health Sciences
Short Bio: Charles Yellow Horse is a senior at Arizona State University (ASU) majoring in Health Sciences with a concentration in public health promotion. Charles is from Fort Defiance, AZ of Diné Bikéyah (Navajoland), and is a citizen of the Navajo Nation. After receiving an associate degree in Computer Science from a Tribal college (Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute), he enlisted into the United States Air Force where he completed eight years of service with two assignments abroad. During his active duty service, he was inspired by the importance of health and wellbeing in multiple aspects of airmen’s lives during their overall service and after transitioning from active duty.
Charles is committed to working with Native American veterans to promote their health and wellbeing holistically, promoting in all dimensions of health including physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social health. Through supporting them, Charles aspires to empower Native American veterans to become the agents of positive change in their families and communities. In his internship with the American Indian Student Support Services (AISSS) at ASU, he organized and hosted the first AISSS Veteran Wellness Initiative to support Native American veteran students. His career goal is to become a public health advocate to eliminate health inequities for and with Native American peoples and communities. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in the public health field to investigate the health concerns and resilience of Native American veterans through the social determinants of health framework.