Dr. Manson (Pembina Chippewa) is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, directs the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, and serves as Associate Dean of Research at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Center. His programs include 10 national centers, totaling $63 million in sponsored research, program development, training, and collaboration with 250 Native communities, spanning rural, reservation, urban, and village settings across the country.
Dr. Manson has published 200 articles on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of physical, alcohol, drug, and mental health problems over the developmental life span of Native people. His numerous awards include the American Public Health Association’s prestigious Rema Lapouse Award Achievement in Epidemiology, Mental Health and Applied Public Health Statistics (1998), three special recognition awards from the Indian Health Service (1996, 2004, and 2011), election to the Institute of Medicine (2002), two Distinguished Mentor Awards from the Gerontological Society of America (2006 and 2007), the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Herbert W. Nickens Award (2006), the George Foster Practicing Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology (2006), and NIH’s Health Disparities Award for Excellence (2008). Dr. Manson is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading authorities with regard to Indian and Native health.