Center celebrates Indigenous MPH graduates

On May 21, 2024, the Center for Indigenous Health held a graduation ceremony for five #Indigenous scholars receiving advanced degrees from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Each was gifted a handmade blanket from Eighth Generationas well as a beautiful Johns Hopkins frame to encase their new diploma. Family and friends of students were on hand to share in this momentous occasion.

We are excited to see where life takes each of them…and feel certain that the Indigenous communities they serve will benefit from their compassion and education at Johns Hopkins. They will always have a home away from home at the Center for Indigenous Health!


Robert (Bobby) Pourier, Jr, MPH (Oglala Lakota)

Monica Desjardins, MPH (Navajo Nation)

Sydney Garretson MPH (Cherokee Nation)

Wahji Kasten, MPH (Denesuline and English River First Nations)

Christian Curtis, MPH (Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine) (absent in photo)

The Center for Indigenous Health has awarded over 2,000 scholarships to Indigenous students across programs (including undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs). Visit to learn more about our education and training initiatives and scholarship opportunities.