Government Affairs and Community Development Specialist
Mariah Meyerholz joined the NICWA team as a government affairs and community development fellow in January 2022. Mariah recently graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan where she studied interpersonal practice in integrated health, mental health, and substance abuse. Prior to attending graduate school, Mariah studied anthropology, sociology, and health at Eastern Oregon University where she discovered her passion for advocacy and social change work, especially efforts that aim to address health disparities, social inequities, and systemic racism. Mariah has educational and work experience in community health programming, case management in an outpatient clinic setting, health related resource development projects, and research projects on social injustices and health care access.
Mariah aspires to work alongside tribal members and community partners to improve public policy and community programs to protect Native children and preserve extended-family units, culture, and tribal sovereignty. Mariah is elated to join the NICWA team!