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Brooklynn Barney

Bloomberg Fellow

Brooklynn Barney is an Anishinaabe woman residing on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota with her partner and four children. She has a background in human services and over five years’ experience in tribal health. She has a rich personal background with substance use, which fuels her desire to end the stigma associated with those who struggle with substance use, to identify harm reduction strategies to help combat adverse outcomes , and to create safe spaces for their voices to be heard. Brooklynn is the Great Lakes (GL) Administrative Program Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University Center for Indigenous Health (JHU CIH). Her duties include supporting the GL Team, budget management, admin team oversight, and day-to-day office operations. Additionally, Brooklynn serves as a project coordinator for a harm reduction project, which is part of a larger Community-driven Indigenous Research, Cultural strengths, and Leadership to advance Equity in substance use outcomes (CIRCLE) project. Her duties include supporting and facilitating the community-based research councils.  

Johns Hopkins University Center for Indigenous Health , Great Lakes works in partnership with Indigenous communities to advance well-being and health leadership to the highest level. The team has extensive experience in community-based participatory research on topics including mental health epidemiology, and culturally-relevant, family-based substance use prevention and mental promotion programming and evaluation. Furthermore, JHU CIH is currently leading the longest-standing epidemiological study of substance use among three generations of Indigenous tribal members. 

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