|Diane Weiner, PhD, MA|
Diane Weiner is a medical anthropologist who works with American Indian tribal, rural, and urban communities to develop cancer and diabetes education and support interventions. She obtained a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from UC Los Angeles, graduating in 1994. She is particularly interested in chronic illness behaviors and lay-health professional communication encounters.
Much of her work with Southern California Natives focuses on breast cancer screening, tobacco cessation, nutrition, and pain and palliative care education. While a recipient of grants from Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (1998-199 Award# 9823; 1999-2001 Award# 99-3058; 2001-2004 Award #POP0100323) Weiner helped co-found and direct The Helping Path Native American Cancer Education and Support Program. With assistance from the Lance Armstrong Foundation (2005-2007), Weiner served as P.I. for Miha Nykmut (Living Well): California American Indian Palliative Care Education and the California Indian Cancer Speakers Bureau. The latter is considered to be the first Native lay speaker bureau in the U.S. and included Luiseño and Kumeyaay individuals as well as Cherokee and Cree tribal members.
Having relocated to the Northeast in 2004, Weiner continues her work in California, but since 2006 has commenced projects in Connecticut and other parts of the Northeast. Based at Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN), Weiner works with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, educators, and Native community cancer advocates to conduct research on cancer information seeking patterns, colo-rectal cancer education, and cancer survivorship. From 2006-2008 she was P.I. for Is CIS Reaching Connecticut Native Americans? Understanding Cancer Information Seeking Patterns (National Cancer Institute/ Cancer Information Service) [R21 CA126321 01]. This and related studies provide the foundation for community-based participatory cancer interventions with Native communities in CT and RI that include modified talking circle education approaches.
Weiner is the anthropologist for Strength and Courage: Native American Cancer Survivor Stories, based at MPTN Museum and Research Center – the first Native cancer survivor archive in the region. Weiner also consults as a technical assistant for the Comprehensive Cancer Control for Native Americans in CT. Funded by CDC, this project enables Natives to develop tribal cancer control plans. Weiner is also part of a team of health professionals, educators, and community advocates working with American Cancer Society to develop culturallt appropriate education materials for Northeastern Natives.
Weiner is the author of several publications and editor of such volumes as Medicine Ways: Disease, Health, and Survival Among Native Americans, with Clifford Trafzer, AltaMira Press, 2001 and Preventing and Controlling Cancer in North America: A Cross Cultural Perspective, Greenwood Press, 1999. With Juliet McMullin, she co-edited Confronting Cancer: Metaphors, Advocacy, and Anthropology published by School of American Research in 2009.
Weiner lives with her family in Vermont. When not doing anthropology, Weiner likes to hike, snowshoe, garden, read, and bake.Diane Weiner CV