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Tam Dixon Lutz


Project Director

She has spent over 25 years working in public health in Indian Country, including over 20 years at the NPAIHB in maternal child health, chronic disease and motor vehicle injury focused projects, studies and surveillance. Lutz serves as the NW Tribal EpiCenter’s Project Director forWEAVE-NW, funded through the CDC’s Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC)initiative and Native Boost: Addressing Barriers to Childhood Immunization through Communication and Education”, a CDC funded Tribal public health capacity project. Additionally, Ms. Lutz is currently the Co-Principal Investigator for two of NW Tribal EpiCenter’s NIH funded studies including “NW Tribal Collaboration to Improve the Use Motor Vehicle Data,” grant, and “Investigating Maternal Opioid Use, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Response in NW Communities.” Lutz is an experienced field researcher, a developing epidemiologist, with broad experience in maternal child health at the NPAIHB and at home at her Tribe. She has directed other projects at the NPAIHB including the very successful Native CARS Study, Toddler Obesity and Tooth Decay Prevention Study and the Indian Community Health Profile Project. As a Project Director, Ms. Lutz has participated in all aspects of the project and managed the project on a day-to-day basis. She has been responsible for communicating with tribes, supervising and mentoring staff, provide broad expertise to the subject area approaches of the projects, developing collaborations, and communicating and reporting to funder. Tam, her husband Ed, and their two children and three dogs live in Beaverton, Oregon, where she enjoys cheering from the sideline as she watches her children participate in sports, participating in the annual Tribal canoe journeys, and spending time with family.

Nora Frank-Buckner

B.S. M.A. Public Health

Food Sovereignty Project Manager

Food Sovereignty Project Manager. Nora graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health focused in Health Promotion and Health Behavior. In addition, she holds a Masters of Public Health degree focused on Health Management and Policy from PortlandState University. Nora is passionate aboutfood sovereignty/systems,health promotion, nutrition education, youth leadership development, youth engagement, and multi-sector collaboration for public health prevention activities. She is currently coordinating the efforts of the NW Tribal Food Sovereignty Coalitionand is the Chair of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network.”

Jenine Dankovchik


Program Specialist

biostatistician and program evaluation specialist. Whileat NWTEC, she has served as the research assistant and biostatistician on a multi-site cancer research study, conducted record linkages to improve race data quality in epidemiologic surveillance data systems, and designed and implemented program evaluationsfor a range of chronic disease prevention efforts. As the Program Evaluation Specialist, Ms. Dankovchik provides training and technical assistance to NW tribes to build their capacity in practical evaluation that reflects each tribe’s unique culture and allows the community to assess and improve chronic disease prevention efforts.Ms. Dankovchik was born in Canada but now lives in Southwest Portland with her husband, daughter and son.

Chelsea Jensen

Tribal Member

WEAVE-NW Project Assistant

As a Project Assistant Mrs. Jensen communicateswith NW Tribes regarding funding opportunities, contract support, conferences, website and technical support. Chelsea and her husband live in Oregon City with their daughter, son and dog. As a family they love to go to the beach, camping, hiking, dirt bike ridingbut most of all enjoy family gatherings.

Chandra Wilson

Klamath, Modoc tribal citizen

Social Worker

A Klamath, Modoc tribal citizen, health professional and social worker with a clear personal and professional goal to do work that will improve the health status of Native American people, especially members of my own tribal community. My interests and work are committed to developing programs and policies that will support my community and address the persistent health disparities that my community experiences. A current graduate student in the School of Social work at Portland State University, I am determined to become a qualified Indigenous social worker who will lead programs and shape policies that best meet the needs of my people and future generations. I am passionate about social justice, Indigenous rights, and committed to educating others on the commitment to understand and address health inequities experienced by disadvantaged populations of color, especially Native American peoples. When I am not working or in school, I love to spend time with my two young-adult daughters who inspire me to live each moment of my life more mindfully. I live each day by faith, enjoy journaling, dancing, gardening and taking long walks.

Candice Jimenez


Research Manager

study. Ms. Jimenez earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Concordia University and a Master’s ofPublic Health from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Asa Research Managerfor the NPAIHB, Ms. Jimenezsupportstribes in community-led projects, including improving child passenger safety, pre-teen oral health, utilizing motor vehicle injury data to inform tribal road safetyand maternal childhealth. Ms. Jimenez serves as a key person in communicating with Tribal partnersandhelps lead coding and presentation of qualitative data includingfacilitating the development of Tribal-led media materials, which include radio and television public service announcements and social media related to maternal child health.Ms. Jimenez valuesa framework grounded in health equity with a focus on the social determinants of health; a place where collaboration takes place across geography, language and culture –moving from acknowledgement into collective action.Candice and her husband live in Portland, ORwith their familywhere they enjoy the vibrantfood culture and love for nature.