Dr. Felicia Hodge, a professor in both the UCLA School of Nursing & the School of Public Health, has been elected to serve as treasurer of the Native Research Network (NRN), a leadership community of American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Canadian First Nations promoting integrity and excellence in research.
Established in 1997, Dr. Hodge was a founding member and has served the organization in a variety of roles, including as co-chair. According to its website, the Native Research Network advocates for high quality research that is collaborative, supportive, and builds capacity. NRN promotes an environment for research that operates on the principles of integrity, respect, trust, ethics, cooperation, and open communication in multi-disciplinary fields.
With a career spanning decades, Hodge has contributed significantly to advancing the understanding of health issues within Native communities. Her research has not only shed light on the unique health challenges faced by indigenous populations but has also championed culturally sensitive and community-driven approaches to address these issues.
“Being a lifetime member of the NRN not only demonstrates my commitment to the organization, but highlights the support for future years of collaboration, advocacy, and research,” she said. “NRN is the strongest AI/AN/NH organization that encompasses all types and topics of research at all levels of research - this is greatly needed.”