Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Dr.PH., MPH


Associate Professor


Phone: (918) 660-3678

OUHSC College of Public Health
4502 E 41st Street, Room 1G05

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135-2512




  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, 2007-2010
  • Dr.PH., Public Health, 2007
  • MPH., Health Promotion Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2003
  • B.A., University of Southern Maine, 2000

Selected Publications:

  • Brokenleg IS, Barber T, Bennett N, Boyce S, Jernigan VB. Evidence that a smoke free policy in a tribal casino would increase patronage and improve community health. Am J Prev Med. 2014. (In press).
  • Jernigan VB, Brokenleg IS, Burkhart M, Magdalena C, Sibley C, Yepa K. The implementation of a participatory manuscript development process with Native American tribal awardees as part of the CDC Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative: Challenges and opportunities. Prev Med. 2014;S0091-7435 (14)00058-00059. PMID: 24513172.
  • Jernigan VB, Garroutte E, Krantz EM, Buchwald D. Food insecurity and obesity among American Indian and Alaska Natives and whites in California. J Hunger Environ Nutr. 2013;8:4,458-471. DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2013.816987.
  • Jernigan VB. Using community-based participatory research to address obesity in Native American communities. Research Trends in Public Health Nutrition. Spring. 2012:12-13.
  • Jernigan VB, Salvatore A, Styne D, Winkleby M. Addressing food insecurity in a Native American reservation using community-based participatory research. Health Educ Res. 2012;27(4):645-655. PMID: 21994709.
  • Jernigan VB, Lorig K. The internet diabetes self-management workshop for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Health Promot Pract. 2010;12(2):261-270. PMID: 20534807.
  • Lorig K, Ritter P, Laurent D, Plant K, Green M, Jernigan VBB, Case S. Online diabetes self-management program: a randomized study. Diabetes Care. 2010;33(6):1275-1281. PMID: 20299481.
  • Jernigan VB, Duran B, Ahn D, Winkleby M. Changing patterns in health behaviors and risk factors related to cardiovascular disease among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Am J Public Health. 2010;100(4):677-683. PMID: 20220114.
  • Case S, Jernigan VB, Gardner A, Ritter P, Heaney CA, Lorig KR. Content and frequency of writing on diabetes bulletin boards: does race make a difference? J Med Internet Res. 2009;11(2):e22. PMCID: PMC2762800.
  • Jernigan VB. Community based participatory research with Native American communities: The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Health Promot Pract. 2009;11(6):888-899. PMID:19376928.



  • Empowerment and advocacy interventions using participatory documentary
  • Community-based participatory research and health policy
  • Environmental and policy strategies to address obesity



  • Principal Investigator, Tribal Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE)
  • Principal Investigator, Dietary Interventions to Address Hypertension in Urban American Indians, (NHLBI)