JanMarie Ward (Chumash)
JanMarie is a national expert in tribal health and well-being, with 35 years of public sector experience in health policy, public administration, and tribal and intergovernmental affairs. She currently leads public health policy initiatives and projects for the American Indian Health Commission for Washington State. In partnership with tribal leadership, tribal health programs, and community members, Jan has helped create Native approaches to public health work that draw on unique cultural resources, community vision, and the engagement of tribal elected officials. She also teaches health policy as an adjunct faculty at The Evergreen State College in the Master of Public Administration program.
JanMarie serves on the Community Advisory Board of University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center, and is an alternate member on the Governor’s Health Disparities Council. She has a BA with an emphasis in strategic planning and leadership and an MPA with a concentration in tribal governance from The Evergreen State College.