Michael E. Bird, MSW, MPH
Past President, American Public Health Association
Michael E. Bird, MSW, MPH, is Executive Director of the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, a non-profit corporation in Oakland, CA that provides technical assistance and training to Native American organizations, agencies, and communities to develop successful HIV prevention programs. Mr. Bird is a Santo-Domingo - San Juan Pueblo Native American from New Mexico.
For 21 years, Mr. Bird was with the Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to his leaving the IHS, Mr. Bird was Director of Preventive Health Programs in the Santa Fe Service Unit and the Albuquerque Area IHS office. He also served within the Office of Tribal Activities and Office of Planning and Evaluation. In his over 25 years of public health experience, Mr. Bird has worked on a variety of health activities including medical social work, substance abuse prevention, health promotion, and disease prevention and health care administration.
A member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) for over 18 years, from 1998 to 1999 Mr. Bird served as the first American Indian President in the history of the APHA, the oldest and largest assocation of public health workers in the world. He is past president of the New Mexico Public Health Association, was a fellow in the U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Fellowship Program and a board member of HealthNet New Mexico.
Bird earned his master's in social work (MSW) degrees at the University of Utah. He received his master's in public health (MPH) at the University of California, Berkeley.
He was also a finisher of the 2002 National AIDS Marathon in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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