Stephanie Carroll Rainie, Dr.P.H. (Ahtna Athabascan)

USIDSN Co-Founder | NNI Associate Director and Manager, Tribal Health Program
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Stephanie (Ahtna Athabascan) is Assistant Professor in the Public Health Policy and Management Program at the Community, Environment and Policy Department (CEP), Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH); Assistant Research Professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; Associate Director and Manager, Tribal Health Program for the Native Nations Institute (NNI) in the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy; and Co-Director for the Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research (CIEHR) at the University of Arizona (UA).

Stephanie's research explores the links between governance, health care, the environment, and community wellness. She collaborates with a community of tribal leaders and program staff, researchers, and students at the UA's NNI and CIEHR, and elsewhere. Stephanie mentors numerous staff and students in responsible research practices, research administration, and leadership, among other topics. She also acts as the Udall Center's liaison to the UAs Human Subjects Protection Program, monitoring implementation of the guidelines in Center research projects.

Stephanie co-founded the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network, and the International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Group at the Research Data Alliance. Both entities assert the rights of Indigenous nations to protect Indigenous information and to ensure that data for and about Indigenous nations and peoples are utilized to advance Indigenous aspirations for collective and individual wellbeing. She also co-founded the UA Partnerships for Indigenous Environmental Synergies to provide coordination of and information sharing among university faculty, staff, and students who collaborate with Indigenous communities on projects with environmental focus. Stephanie was also a founding member of the UAs American Indian and Indigenous Health Alliance Club at MEZCOPH, working to support the recruitment and retention of Indigenous students and faculty at the UA. She is on the faculty advisory board for the UA's Center for Digital Society and Data Studies.

Stephanie received her AB from Cornell University and MPH and DrPH from MEZCOPH.​​


Schultz, J.L., and S.C. Rainie. 2014. The Strategic Power of Data: A Key Aspect of Sovereignty. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 5(4).

Schultz, J.L., and S.C. Rainie. 2014. Good Data Leads to Good Sovereignty. Indian Country Today. (June 3).

Arsenault, J., and S.C. Rainie. 2009. Tribal management key to improved health services. Indian Country Today (July 18). (pdf)

Arsenault, J., S. Cornell, and S.C. Rainie. 2008. Improving Health Care Access in Native American Communities: What Can Tribes Do? Executive summary of a report to the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Tucson: Native Nations Institute. (pdf)

Rainie, S.C., J. Timeche, K. Dickman, and R. Merideth, eds. 2003. Native Nations, the Environment, and the State of California: Tribal-State Relationships and Environmental Quality. Workshop proceedings. Tucson: Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. (pdf)

Rainie, S.C., ed. 2003. Building Native Nations: Environment, Natural Resources, and Governance. Conference proceedings. Tucson: Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. (pdf)

Merideth, R., and S.C. Rainie, eds. 2002. Native American Health and Welfare Policy in and Age of New Federalism. Conference proceedings. Tucson: Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. (pdf)

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