Dr. Allison Barlow, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is being honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for contributions to Native American health. Dr. Barlow will receive the Native American Child Health Advocacy Award at the AAP’s National Conference in New Orleans on October 28.
Dr. Barlow joined the Center for American Indian Health in 1991 and has served as director since 2016. Dr. Barlow’s research and program portfolio focuses on child, adolescent and family health, and youth development for Native American communities. Projects to date have spanned teen-parenting outreach and early child development; suicide, depression, and substance abuse prevention; diabetes and obesity prevention; and youth entrepreneurship and life skills training. In 1997, Dr. Barlow established the NativeVision Sports and Life Skills program to promote Native American youth development through the mobilization of professional and collegiate athletes in camps and after-school activities promoting education and healthy lifestyles.
“This award recognizes the work of our more than 200 outreach staff and faculty who serve the highest needs of Native American communities, day in and day out,” said Dr. Barlow.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 25