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Emily A. Haozous

Associate Professor of Nursing, University of New Mexico; and Investigator — Senior Research Scientist (Beginning July 2018), Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
Chapter Member: New Mexico SSN
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About Emily

Haozous researches the conditions that promote Native American health equity, with a special interest in urban Indian health, cancer, and end of life care. Haozous draws on her background as a hospice nurse and her perspective as an indigenous woman to her work, using a holistic and decolonized framework to examine issues of policy and health equity. She is active with her tribe and with her local Indian organization, promoting the cultural activities that continue to thrive in our modern society. 


Challenges on the Horizon for Native American Sovereignty and Health Care

  • Cathleen E. Willging
  • Elise Trott Jaramillo

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Guest to discuss research focused on improving symptom management and cancer outcomes for American Indians and Alaska Natives. on KZSC, Santa Cruz Public Radio, Emily A. Haozous (with Silvanna Falcón), February 1, 2018.
Guest to discuss the challenges in talking about cancer in Native communities on NM-PBS Public Square, Emily A. Haozous, March 26, 2015.


"Rough Waters: The Cancer Journey for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the Pacific Northwest" (with Ardith Doorenbos, Lori A. Alvord, David R. Flum, and Arden M. Morris). Oncology Nursing Forum 43, no. 5 (2016): 625-635.

Describes the barriers and promoters to oncology care for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the Pacific Northwest. Includes an illustrative model that depicts the research findings in a culturally-congruent manner.

"American Indians and Alaska Natives and Cancer: Implications for Health Policy" (with Valerie Eschiti), in Cancer and Health Policy: Advancements and Opportunities, edited by Janice Phillips and Barbara Damron (Oncology Nursing Society, 2015), 251-269.

Introduces oncology nurses to the policy considerations that complicate cancer screening, care, and palliative measures in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

"Blood Politics, Ethnic Identity, and Racial Misclassification among American Indians" (with Carolyn J. Strickland, Janelle F. Palacios, and Teshia G. Arambula Solomon). Journal of Environmental and Public Health (2014).

Describes the much more nuanced politics behind blood quantum and membership in federally-recognized tribes, and ties these politics to health outcomes in American Indian and Alaska Natives.