Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Dr.PH., MPH


Associate Professor, Health Promotion Sciences
George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Community Medicine
Sam K. Viersen Family Foundation Presidential Professor
Assistant Dean of Community Research, University of Oklahoma Tulsa

Phone: (918) 660-3678

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

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135-2512




  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford School of Medicine, 2007-2010
  • DrPH, School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, 2007
  • MPH, School of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2002
  • BA, University of Maine, 2000

Selected Publications:

  • Jernigan, VB, D’Amico, EJ, Duran, B. et al. (2017). Multilevel Interventions in Tribal Communities: Challenges and Opportunities. Prevention Science. (In Press).
  • Jernigan, VB, D’Amico, EJ, Duran, B. et al. (2017). Dissemination and Implementation Research with American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. Prevention Science. (In Press).
  • Gittelsohn, J, Belcourt, A, Booth-LaForce, C, Duran, B, Magarati, M, Mizra, S, Belone, L, Jernigan, VB. (2017). Building Capacity for Productive Tribal-University Partnerships. Prevention Science. (In Press).
  • Jernigan, VB, Huyser, K, Valdez, J, Simonds, V. (2017) Food Insecurity among American Indians and Alaska Natives: A National Profile using the Current Population Survey - Food Security Supplement. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. 12(1)1-10. PMCID: PMC5422031.
  • Jernigan, VB, Wetherill, M, Hearod, J. et al. (2017). Food Insecurity and Chronic Diseases among Rural American Indians: the THRIVE Study. American Journal of Public Health. Mar;107(3):441-446. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303605. PMID: 28103070.
  • Jernigan, VB, Wetherill, M, Hearod, J. et al. (2016). Cardiovascular disease risk factors and health outcomes among American Indians in Oklahoma: the THRIVE study. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Published online December 6. doi:10.1007/s40615-016-0310-4.
  • Jernigan, VB, Hearod, J, Tran, K, Norris, KM, Buchwald, D. (2016). An Examination of Cultural Competence Training in US Medical Education Guided by the Tool for Assessing Cultural Competence Training. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 9(3):150-167. PMCID: PMC5091804.
  • Jernigan, VB, Boe, G, Noonan, C, Caroll, L, Buchwald, D. (2016). Assessing feasibility and readiness to address obesity through policy in American Indian reservations. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 9(3):168-180. PMCID: PMC5091805.
  • McLaury, K, Jernigan, VB, Johnson, DB, Buchwald, D, Duncan, G. (2016). Variation in WIC Cash-Value Voucher Redemption Rates among American Indian Reservation Communities in Washington State. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition,(11)2;254-262. PMID: 27453765.
  • Jernigan, VB, Styne, DM, Jacob, T. (2015). The Adaption and Implementation of a Community-Based Participatory Research Curriculum to Build Tribal Research Capacity. American Journal of Public Health. July; 105 (S3):S424-S432. PMID: 25905848
  • Jernigan, VB, Peercy, M, Branam, D. et al. (2015). Beyond Health Equity: Achieving Wellness for American Indians and Alaska Natives.  American Journal of Public Health. July; 105(S3): S376-S379. PMID: 25905823.
  • Brokenleg, IS, Barber, T, Bennett, N, Boyce, S, Jernigan, VB. (2014). Gambling with our Health:  Smoke-Free Policy Would Not Reduce Tribal Casino Patronage. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 47(3): 290-299.  PMID: 24951040.
  • Jernigan, VB, Brokenleg IS, Burkhart M, Magdalena C, Sibley C, Yepa K. (2014). 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. Preventive Medicine. Feb. 7, S0091-7435 (14) PMID: 24513172.
  • Jernigan, VB, Garroutte, E, Krantz, EM, Buchwald, D. (2013). Food Insecurity and Obesity Among American Indians and Alaska Natives and Whites in California. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition. 8(4): 458-471. PMCID: PMC4746017.
  • Jernigan, VB, Salvatore, AL, Styne, DM, Winkleby, M. (2012). Addressing food insecurity in a Native American reservation using community-based participatory research. Health Education Research. 27(4): 645-655.  PMID: 21994709.
  • Jernigan, VB. (2012). Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Address Obesity in Native American Communities. The Digest. Research Trends in Public Health Nutrition. Spring. 12-13.
  • Jernigan, VB, Lorig, K. (2010). The Internet Diabetes Self-Management Workshop for American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Health Promotion Practice. Mar;12(2):261-70. PMID: 20534807.
  • Jernigan, VB, Duran, B, Ahn, D, Winkleby, M. (2010). Changing patterns in health behaviors and risk factors related to cardiovascular disease among American Indians and Alaska Natives: 1995/96-2005/06.  American Journal of Public Health. Apr; 100(4):677-83. PMID: 20220114.
  • Jernigan, VB. (2010). Community based participatory research with Native American communities: The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. Health Promotion Practice. Nov; 11(6):888-99. PMID: 19376928.
  • Lorig, K, Ritter, P, Laurent, D, Plant, K, Green, M. Jernigan, V, Case, S. (2010). On-line Diabetes Self-Management Program: a randomized study. Diabetes Care. Jun;33(6):1275-81.PMID: 20299481.
  • Case S, Jernigan, VB, Gardner, A, et al. (2009). Content and frequency of writing on diabetes bulletin boards: Does race make a difference? Journal of Medical Internet Research. Jun 24;11(2):e22. PMID: 19632975.
  • Minkler, M, Jernigan, VB.  (2007). Forward to special issue of Pimatisiwin on community-based participatory research. Pimatisiwin, December.


  • Community-based participatory research
  • Native American Health
  • Intervention science
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Dissemination and implementation research



  • PI, Tribal Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments ("THRIVE") NHLBI R01 HL117729
  • PI, FRESH Study, NIMHD R01 MD011266
  • Co-PI, Native Approaches to Stop Hypertension, NHLBI R01 HL126578
  • PI, CHEERS study, NIMHD, U54 MD011240