Addressing Best Practice for Colorectal Cancer Screening in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities

Speaker:  Celena Donahue
Date:  March 23, 2023
Time:  10 – 11 am PT

Meeting ID:  871 8168 5259

Celena Donahue is Pueblo Indian, and her family is Hupa, Yurok, and Karuk.  She was raised on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in rural northeastern Humboldt County.  She graduated from California State University of Sacramento in 2008.  She currently is a Health Equity Advocate, Talking Circle Facilitator, and a Senior Quality Improvement Specialist.  As a Senior Quality Improvement Specialist at Health Net, Celena is a responsible for multiple cross-functional initiatives addressing clinical quality and service improvement programs where she developed programs targeted to improve STAR Ratings, HEDIS, Health Outcome Survey, and other identified performance measures for Health Net’s Commercial/Marketplace population.  She also has 17 years in Clinical Pathology and has been working in Public Health for over a decade which she has successfully collaborated with numerous tribes, Indian Health Services (IHS), community clinics, and different stakeholders in the healthcare community over the past several years.  As a result of her collaborative efforts there has been a significant increase in health and cancer screenings.  She has a vested interest in tribal communities and minimizing the healthcare disparities in these communities.  Celena has also served as the internal subject matter expert on Tribal Public Health  Issues, working on culturally appropriate materials, training, and guides.  She has strong ties through a plethora of tribal communities where she has served as a community member and healthcare professional.  Celena currently volunteers and serves as a Chair and Board member for several tribal coalitions, boards, and communities.


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