June Strickland Receives Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award

Release Date: 
Friday, January 17, 2014

Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin, aaw4@uw.edu, 206-221-2456

June Strickland, Associate Professor in Psychosocial and Community Health, received a Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award Jan. 16 in recognition of her ongoing work to address community needs and efforts to protect and empower all individuals through her work with the Pacific Northwest American tribal community over the last 18 years. The honor was part of the annual tribute to the slain civil rights leader organized by UW Health Sciences and UW Medicine.

Since the 1990s, she has contributed to understanding the role of cultural values, patterns of communications and beliefs that have shaped health promotion and prevention programming and intervention designs.  Dr. Strickland’s work reflects a sustained commitment to American Indian tribes and their health, as well as a commitment to community engagement.  She established relationships with tribal groups in Eastern Washington that led to studies for cancer prevention screening with Yakama women and later breast and cervical cancer screenings with Nooksack women. She collaborated with the Spirit of Eagles Community Network team to further study a women’s health screening intervention. 

June Strickland MLK Community Award
Dr. Strickland’s early work on Native youth suicide led to her further research on healing fractured families, which examined colonization and youth suicide risk, and to further work on stress and suicide that included consideration of historical trauma as a factor in suicide risk.  She has contributed her expertise in conducting cross-cultural focus groups to build capacity of American Indian tribes. 

“Dr. Strickland exudes her giving spirit through her community service - working with local, regional and regional faculty and organizations to address recruitment of students, sharing knowledge, mentoring, serving on advisory boards and addressing the health related concerns of American Indians,” said Karen Schepp, Interim department chair of Psychosocial and Community Health.

The Annual Martin Luther King celebration event also featured performances by local musicians and dancers, passionate speakers and awardees from across the health sciences schools.

You can view photos of the event on the School of Nursing's Facebook Page.


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