Sutton King, Nāēqtaw-Pianakiw, is the Founder, President and Executive Director of UIC and the Co-Founder and COO of ShockTalk. She is Afro-Indigenous, and a descendant of the Menominee and Oneida Nations of Wisconsin. She currently resides in the Bronx, NY. Sutton holds a BA in Psychology from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MPH in Global Health from New York University College of Global Health. Sutton is passionate about both Indigenous research and improving Indigenous health domestically and internationally. With these passions she aims to help bridge the gap of health inequalities that exist for Indigenous people of the North, South and Central Americas.
She is experienced in the management of federal grants and the development, implementation and evaluation of health programs in Native American and Alaska Native communities within rural and urban areas. In her career she led the development of the first culturally tailored training, Trauma-Informed Policing, funded by the OJJDP designed for law enforcement who engage with Tribal youth. During this time she implemented both trauma-informed and suicide prevention programs within 80+ tribes. Previously, Sutton served as the Director of Wellness for an Urban Indian Health Program servicing the largest number of Urban Natives in the country, New York City. Sutton is a consultant and has supported various universities and agencies focused on Indigenous centered projects such as University of New Mexico, College of Population Health, Florida State University and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
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