February Graduate Student of the Month

Felina Cordova

Flagstaff, AZ
Hopi
AIGC Fellowship
University of Arizona
Public Health
GPA 3.843

Community Service:

  • 08/12-2016 ~ American Indian Indigenous Health Alliance, University of Arizona College of Public Health. Helped plan and execute the college’s first ever indigenous day of health. (President 2014-2015, Public Relations Coordinator 2013-2014, Vice President 2012-2013 and founding member)
  • 07/14’-Current ~ Chair, Native American Research and Training Center Student Advisory Action Board, University of Arizona, Family and Community Medicine, Tucson, AZ
  • 08/13’-2016 ~ Student Representative, Hopi Tribe Grants and Scholarship Board, Hopi Tribe, Kykotsmovi, AZ
  • 05/08’-08/08’ and 05/09’-07/09’ ~ Continue laboratory work but on a voluntary basis in Dr. Watson’s laboratory at Sarver Heart Center
  • 96’-09’ ~ Aid teacher with dissections in Inner-City 6th grade gifted science classroom in Tucson, Arizona.
  • 05/08’ ~ Assist in 6th/7th grade Science Camp at inner city school in Tucson, Arizona
  • 01/08’-12/08’ ~ Co-Chair of the Fall 2008 MPH Internship Conference Planning Committee Member of MPH Internship Conference Planning Committee, in charge of marketing with 1 other student.
  • 08/08’-12/08’ ~ Member of College of Public Health Search Committee, 1 of 2 students on the committee with professors. Helped screen applicants and make recommendations for an open professor position by reviewing applicant resumes and attending invited applicant lectures and interacting with applicants and committee members.
  • 01/02’-05/06’ ~ Aid doctors and nurses with patient care at University Medical Center Cancer Center in Tucson, AZ
  • 04’-05’ ~ Collection of medical supplies with Project Remedy in Tucson, AZ
    ~ Assist in translating Spanish for patients and health care providers at the Manos de Ayuda clinic in Puerto Penasco, Mexico
  • 05/04’-08/04’ ~ Perform patient vitals and urinalysis for doctors and translate Spanish with the Mobile Health Clinic at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ
    ~ Assisted in Native American Breast Cancer module; staging/grading, treatments and side effects with the Native American Cancer Research Partnership Tucson AZ
    ~ Literary research with grants and other projects associated with the American Indian Oncology Program in Tucson, AZ

Bio:

Felina Cordova is originally from Flagstaff, Arizona and is a member of the Hopi Tribe. She will graduate with her Doctorate in Public Health with a minor in Family Studies and Human Development.  Her dissertation research with the Hopi Tribe is focused on stress and resiliency in Hopi family caregivers; those providing care to a family member that is elderly, disabled or has cancer or a chronic disease.

Felina received her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and her Master’s Degree in Public Health, both from the University of Arizona. She is currently an American Indian Research Center’s for Health Doctoral Fellow, American Indian Education Fund Graduate Fellow, and American Indian Graduate Center Fellow. She has been a scholar for many other organizations while at the University of Arizona as well: Testasecca Memorial Scholar through the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Hopi Tribe scholar, Cobell scholar, Helen Roberti Scholar, UofA College of Public Health Maternal and Child Health Scholar, Zuckerman Family Foundation Scholar. Most recently she has received the UofA Centennial Achievement Award for Doctoral Student.  During her time at the University of Arizona she has also received the University of Arizona Peter Likins Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion award as President of the American Indian and Indigenous Health Alliance, the UofA Native American Student Affairs Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Academics, and the Reva T. Frankle Award from the College of Public Health.

She has established a scholarship at the UofA for Native students, coordinated a Native professionals seminar series, and leadership workshop for native students at the UA. In addition, she is a published author of textbook chapters and peer-reviewed journals and has presented her research internationally.