Deborah is a sociocultural anthropologist and Registered Nurse. She is the Associate Director of Obesity Solutions, a joint initiative with Mayo Clinic. This initiative seeks to stem the worsening global epidemic of obesity, especially among youth and minority populations. Deborah emphasizes community-based research and local knowledge as a tool for better outcomes in health. She is particularly concerned with pursuing and fostering an interdisciplinary dialogue as a means to facilitate solutions. Her past work has focused on the centrality of place in identity and social practice. Her interests include global health, heritage and identity, place, discourse analysis and cosmologies.
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