“Indian Country ECHO – with its connecting lines of communication – reminds me of a spider web. In many Native cultures, the spider is given credit for its ability to weave intricate webs that are a miracle of organic engineering. I think Indian Country ECHO is the inspiration we need to gain perspective on an issue or development. ECHO helps us –as a team—explore the many facets of a problem to find the appropriate solution.”
Rick Haverkate, MPH, is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. In 1993 he earned his MPH from the University of Hawai’i. His 32-year public health career has been focused entirely on Indigenous peoples of North America. Rick has assumed various roles, including Community Health Educator, Public Health Advisor, and Director of Public Health at the tribal, state, and national levels. He has specialized in the operational management of HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, Tobacco, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, and Community Capacity Building. Rick currently works for the Indian Health Service as their National HIV/AIDS Program Director.