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Director’s Innovation Speaker Series: Life Through a Navajo Lens Beyond the Navajo Reservation


October 12, 2021




Glorinda Segay, D.B.H. shared her journey, her work at the Indian Health Service (IHS), and what the agency does to promote mental health among Native Americans.


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About Dr. Glorinda Segay

Dr. Segay is the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) at IHS and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation in the Southwest.

The Navajo Reservation is rich in cultural ways, language, and practices. However, the unique elements that become integral to someone who is born and raised on the Navajo Reservation may not always work in a new environment and can result in trauma. To adapt after dislocation, resilience is needed—but it can be challenging without the ways and wisdom of the elders.

About the Director’s Innovation Speaker Series

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) established the Director’s Innovation Speaker Series to encourage broad, interdisciplinary thinking in the development of scientific initiatives and programs, and to press for theoretical leaps in science over the continuation of incremental thought. Innovation speakers are encouraged to describe their work from the perspective of breaking through existing boundaries and developing successful new ideas, as well as working outside their primary area of expertise in ways that have pushed their fields forward. We encourage discussions of the meaning of innovation, creativity, breakthroughs, and paradigm-shifting.

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