Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH
Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH (Cherokee Nation), has worked in public health since 1971. She taught at universities for 18 years (California State University Long Beach and University of California, Los Angeles). She created the Native American Cancer Research Program at the National Cancer Institute from 1989-1993. After leaving the National Institutes of Health, she created the Native American Cancer Research Program at the Anschutz Medical Center, Denver, CO. In 1998, she founded Native American Cancer Research Corporation (NACR), a community-based, 501(c)(3), American Indian-operated organization and Native American Cancer Initiatives, Incorporated (NACI, a small, minority woman-owned business). She has served on multiple federal advisory boards, including but not limited to, the Scientific Advisory Council, National Institute Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (Centers for Disease Prevention and Control), and the Diversity Advisory Group for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences on “Pharmacogenetics,” and others. She has over 160 peer-reviewed publications, of which most address Native American cancer, genetics, community-based participatory research, evaluation, patient navigation, survivorship, public health, and data issues. NACI coordinates, implements, and evaluates multiple (more than five, 8 to 12-week duration) bi-weekly (3 hours twice a week) series of Native Patient Navigation trainings each calendar year (https://natamcancer.org/Training). NACI is the organization for information on how to access NACI Care™ tablet patient navigation program (annual licenses required; https://natamcancer.org/NACI-Care).