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Dawn Landon

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Dawn Landon

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Impact Fellow


BA, Community Health, In Progress

Personal Statement

Witnessing both of my parents dealing with physicians, and seeing that they required more than just basic health care, but not knowing how to ask for it, increased my passion to go into health care.  As a child, it was a gift to witness how much my grandmother cared for others as a LPN for many years, as well as how she cared for her Otoe-Missouria people, and veterans.  As time went on, I experienced moments when my father needed traditional healing.  Growing up in the traditional Kiowa and Otoe-Missouria “ways”, I have seen how important traditional healing practices were not only to my people, but to other tribes as well. I want to implement traditional health practices and help increase wellness and health programs for my Indigenous nations. I am honored to be selected for the Andrew W. Mellow Foundation Fellowship. I know this amazing program can help increase knowledge and leadership skills to accomplish my dream for my people as a physician.

Honors and Recognition

University of Oklahoma-Genomics and Ethics for Native Students-student recognition.

Gamma Delta Pi- Red Council Chair for 2 years.

2020 University of Oklahoma AMWHO regional virtual conference, “Best Delegate for AMRO region” representing Bolivia.

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Indigenous health and wellness; global Indigenous health; participation in tribal ceremonials and dances; planning to implement more traditional healing methods in health centers. Interest in neuroscience and neurosurgery, and oral maxillofacial surgery. Interested in increasing ethical research methods in Indigenous communities.

Previous Administrative Work

Administrative assistant for the Comanche Nation Tourism center, 2013-2016

Current Projects

American Indian Student Association (University of Oklahoma)- student member

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (University of Oklahoma) - student member

Genomics and Ethics for Native Students (University of Oklahoma) -student fellow

Gamma Delta Pi, sorority (University of Oklahoma)-member-2022-22 Red Council Chair

Pre-Med Womens Society (University of Oklahoma)-member 2020-present

AMWHO (University of Oklahoma)-student member

LaFe’ (Christian student group for Latino students) (University of Oklahoma)-student member