Teshia G Solomon
- Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine
- Member of the Graduate Faculty
- Ph.D. Kinesiology and Health Education
- University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States
- The Psychosocial Correlates of Cervical Cancer Screening Among Young American Indian Women
- M.S. Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Sciences
- Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
- B.S. Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
- Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma
- National Cancer Institute (2012 - 2015)
- Arizona Cancer Center (2009 - Ongoing)
- Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board (2005 - 2007)
- Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (1999 - 2005)
- University of Texas, School of Public Health (1999 - 2005)
- University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health (1998 - 1999)
- Prevention Center for Native American Research (1995 - 1998)
- Program Support Services (1993 - 1994)
- Tribes, Tribal Organizations and State Health Depts. (1992 - Ongoing)
- University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health - University Center at Tulsa (1992 - 1997)
- American Heart Association (1984 - 1992)
- City of Tucson, Certificate of Recognition
- City of Tucson, Spring 2019
- University Distinguished Outreach Faculty
- University of Arizona Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Spring 2019
- Legislative Proclomation
- State of Arizona Congress, Spring 2018
- National Award for Public Health Innovation
- National Indian Health Board, Spring 2018
- Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition
- Office of the Honorable Congressman, Raul Grijalva, Spring 2017
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- Cunningham, J. K., Solomon, T. G., Ritchey, J., & Muramoto, M. L. (2022). Dual Diagnosis and Alcohol/Nicotine Use Disorders: Native American and White Hospital Patients in 3 States. American journal of preventive medicine, 62(2), e107-e116.More infoNationally, mental illness prevalence is comparable among Native Americans and Whites experiencing alcohol and nicotine use disorders. However, authors are concerned that mental illness in Native Americans with substance use disorders may be disparately underdiagnosed in medical settings. For 3 states with large Native American populations, this study compares the prevalence of mental illness diagnoses among Native Americans and Whites hospitalized with alcohol/nicotine use disorders.
- Arambula Solomon, T. G., Jones, D., Laurila, K., Ritchey, J., Cordova-Marks, F. M., Hunter, A. U., & Villanueva, B. (2021). Using the Community Readiness Model to Assess American Indian Communities Readiness to Address Cancer Prevention and Control Programs. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education.More infoCancer disparities continue among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations while they have decreased among other racial and ethnic groups. No studies were found that utilized the Community Readiness Model (CRM) to ascertain the readiness of Tribal and American Indian organizations to participate in cancer research and cancer prevention and control initiatives. The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention conducted an assessment of the status of American Indian communities' readiness to implement activities for prevention, early detection, and treatment to improve AI/AN cancer rates. The assessment was a component of the Community Outreach Core of the grant. Thirty-four key Informants participated in the interview process. The Community Readiness Assessment (CRA) provided a baseline assessment of community partners' readiness to participate in cancer research and programming. Despite years of cancer intervention programs, the communities were classified as being in the early stages of readiness [1-5] of the nine-stage model. Additionally, findings showed low levels of awareness of previous or ongoing cancer research. The findings in prevention and control efforts indicated a need for technical assistance and funding to support community projects in prevention and control. This supported the implementation of a community grants initiative. They also indicated that communities were not ready to conduct research, despite ongoing cancer related research in at least two communities. Communication tools and social media methods and messages were developed to increase awareness of cancer as a health concern and cancer research in the community. The CRM informed these and other engagement activities to meet the appropriate stage of readiness for each Tribe/community, and to build their capacity to participate in cancer research and programming activities.
- Cunningham, J. K., Scott, D. P., Molina, F. F., & Solomon, T. G. (2021). Services and Challenges at a Native American Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment Center during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal for the Health Care of the Poor and Underserved.
- Cunningham, J. K., Solomon, T. G., Ritchey, J., & Cunningham, J. K. (2020). With socioeconomic status controlled, cigarette use is lower among American Indians/Alaska Natives than whites.. Drug and alcohol dependence, 211, 107836. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.107836More infoHigher crude prevalence of cigarette use among American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) than non-Hispanic whites (NHW) has helped engender an assumption that race/ethnicity explains the difference. This study examines whether being AI/AN versus NHW predicts greater use when socioeconomic status and demographics are controlled..Data came from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2013-2017). Using logistic regressions with socioeconomic (income, education) and demographic (gender, age, marital status) controls, differences between AI/AN (n = 4,305) and NHW (n = 166,348) regarding heavier cigarette use (past month daily use, past month use of 300+ cigarettes, and nicotine dependence) and current cigarette use (past month use plus 100+ cigarettes in lifetime) were assessed. Adjusted predicted probabilities were also constructed..NHW, compared to AI/AN, had greater odds of daily use: adjusted odds ratio (AOR) = 1.23 (95% CI: 1.03-1.49); predicted probabilities-15.3% and 13.0%, respectively. NHW had greater odds of using 300+ cigarettes: AOR = 1.47 (CI: 1.19-1.83); predicted probabilities-13.6% and 9.9%. NHW had greater odds of being nicotine dependent: AOR = 1.57 (CI: 1.31-1.89); predicted probabilities-10.3% and 7.1%. A difference in current use was not found. As controls, income and education were especially impactful..With controls, particularly for socioeconomic status, heavier cigarette use was lower among AI/AN than NHW, and a current cigarette use difference was not indicated. This contradicts the idea that being AI/AN versus NHW independently predicts greater cigarette use, and it underscores the importance of socioeconomic status for understanding cigarette use among AI/AN.
- Cunningham, J. K., Solomon, T. G., Ritchey, J., & Cordova-Marks, F. (2019). Use among American Indians and Alaska Natives in Metropolitan Places, Rural Places, and Tribal Lands. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 25(25), s11-s19.
- Solomon, T. G., Gerald, L. B., Morgan, W. J., Lowe, A. A., Bender, B., Liu, A. H., & Kobernick, A. (2018). Environmental concerns for children with asthma on the Navajo Nation. Annals of American Thoracic Society, 15(6), 745-753.
- Gerald, L. B., Morgan, W. J., Kobernick, A., Solomon, T. G., Liu, A. H., Bender, B., & Lowe, A. A. (2017). Environmental concerns for children with asthma on the Navajo Nation. Annals of American Thoracic Society.
- Solomon, T. G. (2017). What’s Killing our children? Child and infant mortality among American Indians and Alaska Natives.. Institutes of Medicine, 1-9.
- Solomon, T. G., Garcia, F., & Cordova, F. M. (2017). What’s Killing our children? Child and infant mortality among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Institutes of Medicine.. Institutes of Medicine, 1-9.
- Solomon, T. G., Harris, D. J., Peaches, E., & Yonnie, K. (2017). A Call to Heal. You Tube.More infoDeveloped with AIRCH students to support cross-cultural training and in response to stereotypes of AIAN. Published on the NARTC youtube channel, used in NACP cross cultural training.
- Cunningham, J. K., Solomon, T. A., & Muramoto, M. L. (2016). Alcohol use among Native Americans compared to whites: Examining the veracity of the 'Native American elevated alcohol consumption' belief. Drug and alcohol dependence, 160, 65-75.More infoThis study uses national survey data to examine the veracity of the longstanding belief that, compared to whites, Native Americans (NA) have elevated alcohol consumption.
- Solomon, T. G., & Cunningham, J. K. (2017). Alcohol Use in Tribal and Non-Tribal Areas: A National Survey of Native Americans. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
- Solomon, T. G., Cunningham, J. K., & Cordova-Marks, F. (2018). Diaspora and Daily Cigarette Use among American Indians/Alaska natives: Two National Surveys. Addiction.
- Strickland, C. J., Solomon, T. G., Palacios, J. F., & Haozous, E. A. (2014). Blood politics, ethnic identity, and racial misclassification among American Indians and Alaska Natives.. Journal of environmental and public health, 2014, 321604. doi:10.1155/2014/321604More infoMisclassification of race in medical and mortality records has long been documented as an issue in American Indian/Alaska Native data. Yet, little has been shared in a cohesive narrative which outlines why misclassification of American Indian/Alaska Native identity occurs. The purpose of this paper is to provide a summary of the current state of the science in racial misclassification among American Indians and Alaska Natives. We also provide a historical context on the importance of this problem and describe the ongoing political processes that both affect racial misclassification and contribute to the context of American Indian and Alaska Native identity.
- Wingo, P. A., Tucker, M. J., Thierry, J., Solomon, T. G., Smith, R. A., Ravello, L. D., Lesesne, C. A., & Espey, D. K. (2012). Geographic variation in trends and characteristics of teen childbearing among American Indians and Alaska Natives, 1990-2007.. Maternal and child health journal, 16(9), 1779-90. doi:10.1007/s10995-011-0924-4More infoTo study teen birth rates, trends, and socio-demographic and pregnancy characteristics of AI/AN across geographic regions in the US. The birth rate for US teenagers 15-19 years reached a historic low in 2009 (39.1 per 1,000) and yet remains one of the highest teen birth rates among industrialized nations. In the US, teen birth rates among Hispanic, non-Hispanic black, and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth are consistently two to three times the rate among non-Hispanic white teens. Birth certificate data for females younger than age 20 were used to calculate birth rates (live births per 1,000 women) and joinpoint regression to describe trends in teen birth rates by age (
- Solomon, T. G., Marshall, L., Jim, M. A., Cravatt, K., Cobb, N., Campbell, J. E., & Bliss, A. (2008). Lung cancer incidence among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States, 1999-2004.. Cancer, 113(5 Suppl), 1168-78. doi:10.1002/cncr.23738More infoLung cancer incidence rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) in the United States have not been described well, primarily because of race misclassification and, until the 1990s, incomplete coverage of their population by cancer registries. Smoking, the predominant cause of lung cancer, is particularly prevalent among this population..Data from the National Program of Cancer Registries and the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program were combined to estimate age-adjusted incidence rates of lung cancer during 1999 through 2004. Cases were linked to Indian Health Service (IHS) registration databases to identify AI/ANs whose race may have been misclassified. Age-adjusted rates were calculated for Contract Health Service Delivery Area (CHSDA) counties and for all counties by IHS region, and comparisons were made between AI/ANs and non-Hispanic whites (NHWs)..Among populations living in CHSDA counties, NHWs overall had higher rates of lung cancer than AI/ANs. However, the rates (per 100,000 population) among AI/ANs varied substantially between IHS regions from 14.9 (Southwest) to 87.1 (Southern Plains), 93.2 (Alaska), and 104.3 (Northern Plains). Approximately 41.6% of AI/AN lung cancer cases were diagnosed before age 65 years compared with approximately 29.8% of NHW lung cancer cases. The overall percentage stage distribution was not different between AI/ANs and NHWs. Squamous cell carcinomas were slightly more common and adenocarcinomas were less common among AI/ANs than among NHWs. Lung cancer rates were not decreasing for AI/ANs as they were for NHWs..Data from this study clarified the need for culturally appropriate tobacco prevention and control policies and resources for AI/ANs in all regions, and especially in the Plains and Alaska.
- Wingo, P. A., Swan, J., Solomon, T. G., King, J. B., Kaur, J. S., Jackson-thompson, J., Erb-alvarez, J. A., & Coughlin, S. S. (2008). Breast cancer incidence among American Indian and Alaska Native women: US, 1999-2004.. Cancer, 113(5 Suppl), 1191-202. doi:10.1002/cncr.23725More infoBreast cancer is a leading cause of cancer morbidity and mortality among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women. Although published studies have suggested that breast cancer rates among AI/AN women are lower than those among other racial and ethnic populations, accurate determinations of the breast cancer burden have been hampered by misclassification of AI/AN race..Cancer incidence data from the National Program of Cancer Registries and the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program were combined to estimate age-adjusted rates for the diagnosis years 1999 through 2004. Several steps were taken to reduce the misclassification of AI/AN race: linking cases to Indian Health Service (IHS) patient services database, restricting analyses to Contract Health Service Delivery Area counties, and stratifying results by IHS region..Breast cancer incidence rates among AI/AN women varied nearly 3-fold across IHS regions. The highest rates were in Alaska (134.8) and the Plains (Northern, 115.9; Southern, 115.7), and the lowest rates were in the Southwest (50.8). The rate in Alaska was similar to the rate among non-Hispanic white (NHW) women in Alaska. Overall, AI/AN women had lower rates of breast cancer than NHW women, but AI/AN women were more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage disease..To the authors' knowledge, this report provides the most comprehensive breast cancer incidence data for AI/AN women to date. The wide regional variation indicates an important need for etiologic and health services research, and the large percentage of AI/AN women with late-stage disease demands innovative approaches for increasing access to screening.
- Solomon, T. G. (2021, March 29). Structural Racism, Discrimination, and Cancer among the American Indian Population.. American Society of Preventive Oncology Annual Meeting.. Webinar: ASPO.
- Cunningham, J. K., Solomon, T. G., & Ritchey, J. (2019, February). NA Cigarette Use in Metropolitan, Rural and Tribal Areas. 2019 Winter Institute and Tribal Forum. Tucson: Native American Research and Training Center.
- Solomon, T. G. (2019, February). Key Concerns in Research and Building Partnerships. 2019 Winter Institute and Tribal Forum. Tucson: Native American Research and Training Center.
- Solomon, T. G. (2019, February). Projects of the Native American Research & Training Center (NARTC). 2019 Winter Institute and Tribal Forum. Tucson: Native American Research and Training Center.
- Solomon, T. G. (2019, September). A Comparison of Epidemiology Centers and Research Centers. Cherokee County Health Services meeting. Tahlequah, OK: Cherokee County Health Services.
- Solomon, T. G. (2019, april). Cancer and the Corn Maiden. National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. Cancer Screening Capacity Building Workshop. San Diego: CDC.
- Tsosie, B., Gonzales, P., & Solomon, T. G. (2019, FEbruary). Healing Through the Giveaway: Traditional Concepts of Gifting. 2019 Winter Institute and Tribal Forum. Tucson: Native American Research and training Center.
- Solomon, T. G. (2018, May). The Role of CBPR in Tribal Communities: Cancer Prevention and Control.. National Indian Health Board. Prior Lake, MN: National Indian Health Board.
- Gerald, L. B., Nez, P., Morgan, W. J., Kobernick, A., Solomon, T. G., Liu, A., Bender, B., & Lowe, A. (2017, October). Asthma severity determinants and needs assessment in children living on the Navajo Nation: A pilot study. Navajo Nation Human Research Review Board Conference. Window Rock, AZ: Navajo Nation Human Research Review Board.
- Solomon, T. G. (2017, March 30). Milagritos: The Power to do Great things with Small Efforts in Health Training and Research. Faculty Symposium. University of Oklahoma: College of PUblic Health.
- Solomon, T. G. (2017, May). Data Sovereignty. Regional AIAN Trial Dialogue Conference. Chandler, AZ: NIH All of Us Research Program on Precision Medicine.More infoFacilitation of small group discussion on data sovereignty
- Solomon, T. G. (2017, October 11). NACP Outreach Core. Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar. Tucson, AZ: Arizona Cancer Center.
- Solomon, T. G. (2017, October 17). The Precision Medicine Initiative. 5th Alaska Native Health Research conference. Anchorage, Alaska: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation.
- Solomon, T. G. (2017, October 21). Culture is the Cure. Gathering of Good Minds: Engaging Native Americans in Wellness. Palm Desert, CA: University of CA, Riverside.
- Solomon, T. G., Kahn-John, M., Antone, C., & Miguel, F. (2017, February). The Journey of a Message: The Cultural Wisdom Declaration. NARTC Winter Institute. UA Tucson AZ: Native American Research and Training Center.More infoPresentation on the Cultural Wisdom Declaration for NA science.
- Solomon, T. G. (2015, April). Recommendations from Urban American Indians Regarding Recruitment to a Clinical Trial”. Institute of Medicine: Strategies for Ensuring Diversity, Inclusion and Meaningful Participation in Clinical Trials. IOM Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities. Washington DC: Institutes of Medicine.
- Solomon, T. G. (2015, August). Promoting Indigenous Knowledge and Inspiring Indigenous Health Research, Scholarship and Leadership. Association of American Indian Physicians, Annual Conference. Tulalip, WA: Association of American Indian Physicians.
- Solomon, T. G. (2015, July). Conducting Research with Native American Communities. NACP Summer Research Conference. Westin La Paloma, Tucson, AZ: Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention.
- Solomon, T. G. (2015, March). Cancer Research and Training. Mayo Clinic Spirit of EAGLES program.. National Cancer Institute. Shady Grove, MD: Mayo Clinic/NCI.
- Solomon, T. G. (2015, May). Promoting Indigenous Knowledge and Inspiring Indigenous Health Research, Scholarship and Leadership. Native American Interest Group, Veterans Administration and Indian Health Service, National Webinar. Webinar: Indian Health Service.
- Solomon, T. G. (2015, October). Promoting Indigenous Knowledge and Inspiring Indigenous Health Research, Scholarship and Leadership. Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Kennedy Krieger Institute: CFAR Group Meeting. Bethesda, MD: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Kennedy Krieger Institute.
- Solomon, T. G., & Kelly, C. G. (2015, October). Using Social Media Platforms to Increase American Indian Student Engagement in STEM Fields. Native American Research Centers for Health Annual Meeting at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Washington, DC: Indian Health Service/National Institute of General Medical Science.
- Solomon, T. G., & Solomon, T. G. (2015, March). NARTC: Weaving Research, Teaching and Service. NARTC Winter Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
- Solomon, T. G., Gachupin, F. C., Bea, J. W., & Koithan, M. S. (2015, March). Cancer care disparities among Native American populations. UA College of Nursing Health Equity Research Seminar Series..
- Solomon, T. G., Koithan, M. S., Flores, M., & Pool, N. (2015, October). Conducting Research with Native American Communities”.. American Association of Cancer Educators International Conference. La Ventana Resort, Tucson, AZ: American Association of Cancer Educators.
- Cordova-Marks, F., Solomon, T. G., Garba, I., J, G., & Peaches, E. (2019, oct). Spotlight on American Indians in Arizona. American Indians in Arizona. In. https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED599276.pdf
- Solomon, T. G., & Kelly, C. G. (2016, February). Words of Wisdom, Native American Perspectives on the Health Professions: A Journal..More infoInterviews were conducted with Native American role models (health and science researchers and health care providers). Videos were reviewed for key quotes that were meaningful to a team of NA doctoral students to encourage persistence and progression in education. The quotes, were attached to pictures of the role models and images from NA artists and others. The journal has blank pages to allow the students to document their feelings, progress and journey through their academic career.
- Solomon, T. G., Smith, N., & Perez, J. S. (2015, august). Plants that Heal: Conserving Indigenous Knowledge.More infoThis booklet helps conserve Indigenous plant knowledge by providing a photo of a healing plant with its common name, traditional language name, scientific name, geographic planting zone, description, and medical uses presented in the Indigenous story teller method.