United Tribes News

UTTC Injury Prevention grad awarded fellowship
By Hope White Bear, Community Health Faculty Assistant
27 January 2009

BISMARCK (UTN) - A graduate of the United Tribes Injury Prevention Program has been awarded a 2009 Injury Prevention Fellowship by the Indian Health Service (IHS).

      Le Ray D. Skinner (Standing Rock) Fort Yates, ND, will participate with two others who have been selected for the one-year program.

      Skinner studied at United Tribes Technical College and earned degrees in Criminal Justice and Injury Prevention. She graduated from the UTTC Injury Prevention program in 2003.

      Skinner is the Standing Rock Tribe’s Injury Prevention Coordinator. She serves on the Community Health Advisory Board and helps to create and conduct community health and injury prevention programs and projects at the tribal, state and national level.

      The I.H.S. fellowship requires Skinner to train in Rockville, MD in May, the University of Utah in July or August, Phoenix, AZ in September or October, Albuquerque, NM in February 2010, and Washington, DC in May 2010.

      The fellowship is designed to generate specific results for the communities where a participant lives and works. Skinner will develop an evaluation plan for the existing program, grant applications or proposals, and a marketing plan.

      If accepted by the IHS after a year of training, Skinner will have earned the title of Injury Prevention Specialist.

      “I’ve always believed in helping others and being respectful to one another,” said Skinner. “When growing up, I always saw my dad, Wilfred Skinner Sr., helping those in need. And my Grandma, Olivia Goodeagle, always told me to be humble, respect others and help one another, especially the Elders.”

      “In the future, as an Injury Prevention Specialist, I would continue helping the elders, relatives and the tribal family by providing valuable information,” said Skinner.

      Join me in congratulating Le Ray and wishing her best of luck on her new adventure. And thank the Standing Rock Tribe for supporting her and the development of life saving programs for its citizens.

       For information about the Standing Rock Injury Prevention Program contact Le Ray D. Skinner 701-854-3774, injprev@westriv.com.

       For information about Community Health programs at UTTC, contact Hope White Bear, 701-255-3285 x 1258, hwhitebear@uttc.edu.


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