Gayle Dine'Chacon, M.D.Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Director, Center for Native American Health
and Associate Vice President for Native American Health
University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center
Dr. Dine'Chacon is Dine' originally from Chinle, Arizona. She owned her own business on the reservation before entering medical school to become a physician. After a Family Medicine residency, she worked in rural New Mexico providing health care for the Dine' people of the Checkerboard area in eastern Navajo Nation and for the Pueblo of Sandia. She currently sees patients and precepts Family Medicine residents at the Albuquerque Indian Health Center. Dr. Dine'Chacon is also Medical Director of the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center (BCJDC).
Dr. Dine'Chacon is Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNMSOM) and is Director of the Center for Native American Health (CNAH). She is appointed as Associate Vice President for Native American Health at the UNM Health Sciences Center. She is the founder and director of CNAH and continues to develop the center to meet the health priority needs of New Mexico's 22 tribes and off-reservation Indian population. CNAH is a conduit and broker between the University and New Mexico's tribal communities. Dr. Dine'Chacon specifically meets with NM tribal leaders, councils, health boards and health departments to identify the critical issues that tribes request in assistance from UNM/CNAH. Thus, the CNAH has established it's infrastructure to respond to tribal technical assistance, capacity building, research, health policy and behavioral/mental needs.