Native American Advocate
Tribal Liaison, Community Outreach and Research Translation Institue of Translational Health Sciences, University of Washington
Abigail Echo-Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, but has made Seattle her home for the past 12 years. In Ms. Echo-Hawk's role as Tribal Liaison, she works with American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in a 5 state region to identify health priorities, as part of this she assists the tribes in creating policies that regulate research being conducted on their land. As a dedicated advocate for women's health Abigail was first appointed by the mayor of Seattle in 2006 to serve on the Seattle Women’s Commission; she is now in her third mayoral appointment to the commission and currently serves as co-chair. She has concentrated on policy and institutional change to decrease health disparities in infant mortality for Native American and African American women in Seattle. Other areas of policy advocacy include domestic violence, sexual assault, youth prostitution and educational disparities.