Angela Fernandez

Third Year Fellow

Angela Fernandez is from the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington School of Social Work.  She volunteered with diverse communities, particularly with Indigenous, and Latinx communities on issues concerning HIV, education, human rights, violence prevention and reproductive justice.  As a Peace Corps development worker, she engaged in education, prevention and community organizing in a rural, northern Costa Rican community with women, youth and families. In her clinical practice, she served as a generalist medical social worker and psychotherapist at a federally qualified health center. She also provided consultation on several mental health intervention projects and has taught clinical courses at the master's level.  Her research focuses on the historical, social, cultural and environmental determinants of health, historical trauma, healing and resilience, decolonizing and Indigenist methodologies, and the role of place, environment and culture as protective factors in the prevention of health inequities among Indigenous peoples.  Her dissertation explores the role of Indigenous dance, identity and place-making in Mexican American Indian health as part of a larger HIV and AOD (alcohol and other drug) needs assessment within this community.  Upon the completion of her doctoral degree, Ms. Fernandez plans to pursue a career in research, teaching, and community service with Indigenous communities, with an emphasis on human rights and environmental justice of Indigenous peoples both nationally and internationally.