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In conjunction with the museum’s “Native Voices” exhibit on display Dec. 7 through Jan. 17, 2018, Lancer Stephens, Ph.D., will present “Politics Aside: How Tribal Nations Come Together to Prepare Youth for Success – The Native Youth Preventing Diabetes Program.” Within this interactive discussion, Stephens will address some of the well-known causal agents of poor health for American Indians and how tribal nations of Oklahoma have come together to give the youth the skills, knowledge and support to overcome such obstacles. Stephens will share the history of the Native Youth Preventing Diabetes program, the obstacles it overcame and the tremendous growth that has occurred, due mostly by tribal leaderships putting aside politics and focusing efforts for the benefit of the children of their communities.
Stephens is the director of outreach for Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources, director of special populations at the Stephenson Cancer Center, assistant professor of health promotion sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and he is the outreach core director for the American Indian Diabetes Prevention Center.