Kevin P. Patterson, MPH

Kevin is a Diné PhD student in Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. His research investigates the distribution of metal exposures (uranium, arsenic, etc.) in groundwater and diet across US indigenous communities and their relationship with chronic health conditions. To do this, he relies on epidemiology, biostatistical and qualitative methods. He aims to inform tribal and federal regulations to reduce environmental exposures in rural, historically marginalized communities. He is currently a Superfund Research Program Trainee at Columbia and Gates Millennium Scholar. He holds an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and a BA from Dartmouth College. He seeks to expand research capacity in indigenous health and strives to increase Native representation in STEM.



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