“This program is a collaboration of like mind and spirit, dedicated to the service of Native communities. This is indeed a unique opportunity for a state university, a sovereign tribal Nation, and a private university to work together with a commitment to policy change, post-colonial education and training, and applied research, all at the request and interest of native peoples. We are honored to be a part of the forward thinking of the EBCI.” 

– Dr. Lefler
Director of the Culturally-Based Native Health Program

Culturally-Based Native Health Certificate Program

Distance & Online Programs


207 Belk
Cullowhee, NC 28723
828.227.2164 tel

Program Director

Lisa J. Lefler, Ph.D.
Director of Western’s Culturally Based Native Health Programs

Dr. Lefler is director of Western’s Culturally Based Native Health Programs, a collaborative program with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and WCU’s Colleges of Health and Human Sciences and Arts and Sciences. CBNHP offers a 12-hour graduate and undergraduate Native Health Certificate available on-line. The Native Health Certificate reflects a new national model, involving Native communities from the ground up to educate health professionals regarding Native cultures to improve health care delivery for indigenous people. Dr. Lefler’s other interests include Indian youth and drug/alcohol abuse, diabetes and health-related issues concerning stress, historic grief and trauma, and applying Indigeous science to contemporary issues.

For more information contact:

Dr. Lisa Lefler
Belk 207


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