Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Dr. Solomon is of Choctaw/Mexican/American descent. She was appointed Director of the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) in July 2011, and has over 17 years experience in health-related research and training involving minority populations.
Dr. Solomon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona (UA) and a Senior Research Advisor in the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities in the Office of the Director at the National Cancer Institute. She is Principal Investigator (P.I.) of the Indians to Medicine grant to recruit Native Americans into the health sciences, and P.I. and Director of the Student Research Development program of the American Indian Research Centers for Health (AIRCH7), and Career Development Director of the Arizona PRIDE program, a Jr. Faculty development program.
Previously Dr. Solomon served as the Director of the Southern Plains Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center at the Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board, and held positions within the Department of Social and Behavioral Science as Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, School of Public Health and the University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health. She was a Fellow at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, NARCH, and a National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Scholar.
Dr. Solomon assumed responsibility for the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP) Outreach Core (U54) with the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) as the UA, Co-PI on the Core in 2014. As a leader on the project she was able to revitalize and redirect a program that was lacking leadership due to personnel changes. She built new relationships with faculty that led to the development of a patient navigation program and a Tribal Tobacco policy for the Tohono O’odham Nation. She wrote the Outreach portion of the renewal proposal that was funded and gave a new direction and new focus to the Outreach Core. The new goals focus on helping build the capacity within these sovereign nations to direct their own cancer programs and research.
Dr. Solomon has built a robust Outreach team by recruiting a 21 member Statewide Community Action Committee that is actively participating in pursuing the aims of the program. These aims include assessing each communities readiness to adopt and implement cancer control program and research; developing a cancer specific AIAN cultural competency training curriculum for students, researchers and health care providers; and incentivizing community driven research and programming through a small community grants program.
Dr. Solomon has a background in community organizing from her eight years with the American Heart Association and has experience in conducting community assessments. Her research in cancer prevention and control is primarily applied in nature and has focused on materials and curriculum development, understanding the barriers and facilitators to cancer prevention and control and research and career development and training. She developed curriculum and materials for the “Worksite Cancer Education Program for the Texas Cancer Control Program” for the American Cancer Society, and a curriculum for an NCI SBIR funded project, “Worksite Cancer Control for Hispanic Women”. “A Gap Analysis: Characteristics and Counts of Users of the Texas Dept. of Health/Public Health Region 8 Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control Program” was an evaluation of a regional Breast and cervical cancer program. The “Native American Tobacco Education Network” was a state project to develop and/or conduct trainings for Tribal healthcare representatives, Tribal Leaders, Tribal program directors, and youth program staff on commercial tobacco education/prevention, traditional tobacco, cessation, and cultural awareness; and the “Patterns of Care Among Plains Indian Cancer Patients: A Feasibility Study”, aimed to gather state and tribal data on cancer incidence and prevalence among Plains Tribes.
Cancer research projects to test theoretical models of health promotion and disease prevention included the “Psycho-Social Correlates of Cervical Cancer Screening Among Young, American Indian Women”, which surveyed young women’s behavioral risk patterns for HPV infection and “Understanding the Socio-economic, Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Cancer on American Indian Families” which sought to understand whether family members of a cancer patient modified their cancer risk behavior.