Linda Paloma Soto, BS
Akimel O’otham, Tohono O’odham, Chicana, White (Gila River Indian Community)
Indigenous Data Sovereignty Graduate Scholar, Native Nations Institute
Master of Public Health student, Health Services Administration, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College Of Public Health University of Arizona
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For several years, Paloma worked in tribal communities as a home visitor for children with special needs, and through this work, she saw how individual health outcomes are linked to health literacy. Believing that poor health literacy among Indigenous peoples is a factor in community health, she began her graduate program at University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health to become part of a health care community of practice led by Indigenous people. She is earning a Master of Public Health in the Health Services Administration track.
Paloma understands that healing is different than treatment, and as an Indigenous Data Sovereignty Graduate Scholar, she is excited to learn more about how to incorporate Indigenous values into tribally-driven public health programs. She also believes that in tribal communities, the definition of quality health care must be expanded to include Indigenous control over data collected by institutions and governments. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University in Speech and Hearing Science. Paloma is multicultural, and is Akimel O’otham, Tohono O’odham, Chicana, and white, and she is a member of the Gila River Indian Community.
Living and working on the ancestral territories of the Akimel O’otham and Pee Posh