Carrie Sampson-Samuels is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and is the Project Director for the Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB). Carrie has an early background in nursing and later earned a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in Health Sciences and Community Health Education. She later completed a graduate certificate in healthcare management from Oregon Health and Sciences University.
Carrie has worked in Public Health for the last 11 years, serving NW Tribes through various projects at the NPAIHB and as the Community Wellness Director at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. Additionally, Carrie worked for the Blackfeet Nation and had the opportunity to serve Treaty 7 Tribes at the Alberta First Nations Information Governance Center in Calgary, AB, Canada.
She is passionate about traditional teachings and practices and recognizes the importance of the science and skills that Native people use to keep us healthy and persevere through time. Working in Tribal communities is where her hear and soul thrives. She is committed to helping our future generations thrive and lives day-to-day putting her best foot forward and doing the hard work to inspire change for her children, grandchildren, and our communities as a whole.