Inaugural lecture on Indian health set for April 20

Dr. Ann Bullock, a chief clinical consultant in family practice for the Indian Health Service, will visit Western Carolina University to deliver the inaugural Public Lecture on Indian Health at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Multipurpose Room of WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center.

Bullock will speak on “Effects of Stress, Trauma and Early Adverse Childhood Experiences on Risk for Diabetes, Depression and Other Chronic Diseases.” Her presentation is free and open to the public.

The biannual lecture series is being sponsored by WCU’s College of Health and Human Sciences and the culturally-based native health certificate program, an academic program that provides health professionals with an opportunity to acquire knowledge about Cherokee culture and other Native American cultures that might help them in treating patients. The online program is a collaborative effort involving WCU, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Wake Forest University.

Bullock is a board-certified family physician who has been associated with the Indian Health Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, since completing her residency. She has worked with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians since 1990 and now serves as medical consultant for the tribe’s Health and Medical Division.

A member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Bullock speaks regularly around the country on diabetes-related issues, including the connection between stress and early life adverse experiences, and diabetes risk.

For more information about the April 20 lecture, contact Lisa Lefler, director of the culturally-based native health program, at 828-497-7457 or llefler@wcu.edu.