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Joe Coulter

Joe Coulter
Joe
Coulter
Commissioner
Iowa City, IA
Biography: 

Dr. Coulter received the Ph.D. in Biological Psychology from the University of Oklahoma Medical Center and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, the Universita de Pisa, Italy, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He came to The University of Iowa as Head of the Department of Anatomy and subsequently served as Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program, as Associate Provost for Diversity and Director, Opportunity at Iowa, and as Associate Dean for Diversity in the College of Public Health.

Dr. Coulter is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma and currently active in teaching, research/scholarship, and community service in American Indian/Alaskan Native health.  He has conducted collaborative research and scholarship in the areas of children’s oral health in Northern Plains tribal communities, tribal preparedness and emergency response,  establishing working relations in clinical and translational research in partnership with Federally Qualified Community Health Centers, and development/evaluation of biomedical research programs in tribal colleges and communities. Dr. Coulter is a member of the External Advisory Committee of the Montana State University (MSU) Idea Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program, an NIH program to improve biomedical research infrastructure for Montana's higher education system and tribal colleges. He also serves MSU on the External Advisory Committees of the NIH supported American Indians into Research Program, Center for Native Health Partnerships, and the Culturally Connected Community Goals programs. In 2008, he was appointed to the External Advisory Committee of the Northern Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center of the Great Plains (Aberdeen Area) Tribal Chairman's Health Board. He has served on the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Diversity Committee, and the ASPH-Indian Health Service Taskforce.

Dr. Coulter is an advisor to the Historical Preservation Project of the Meskwaki Nation of Iowa, served on the Iowa Governor’s Equal Employment Opportunities Task Force, and has served three terms on the Iowa Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. In 2008, Dr. Coulter was appointed to the Iowa Commission on Native American Affairs, State Department of Human Rights.  In 2011, he began service to the Governance Board of the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council, and serves as a member of the American Indian/Alaskan Native Caucus of the National Partnership for Action (NPA) to End Health Disparities of the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Term begins on May 1st, 2013

Term ends on April 30th, 2017