NATIVE AMERICAN CHILD HEALTH
Native American Child Health
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Chilton, MD, (pictured right, receiving award from David Tayloe, MD) is
a pediatrician with a long-standing passion for helping American Indian
and Alaska Native children. He is one of the foremost advocates for Indian
children in the United States, and led the AAP Committee on Native American
Child Health (CONACH) to become one of the most active committees within
As an intern,
Dr Chilton participated actively in a physician group that formed one
of the first urban Indian centers at the Kinatechatapi clinic in Seattle.
After completion of his internship in 1970, Dr Chilton moved to
Gallup, NM, where he served as a pediatrician at the Gallup Indian Medical
Center. He later relocated to Albuquerque, NM, started a medical practice,
and has remained active in Indian health affairs.
with Native American families of special needs children, Dr Chilton pulled
together a coalition that received a Healthy
Tomorrows grant to form the "Helping Indian Children of Albuquerque"
organization. This group continues to be active in advocating for the
needs of this vulnerable group of children.
Dr Chilton has
been at the forefront of many national efforts to raise the quality of
care for children within the Indian Health Service (IHS). As a member
of the first AAP Indian child project advisory committee of the AAP, he
was an advocate for Indian child welfare and assisted Indian tribes in
addressing child health concerns. Dr Chilton has helped IHS pediatricians
improve the quality of care they provide to their patients in Billings,
MT, Talequah, OK, and the Mohawk reservation in New York. Dr Chilton has
also been active in Washington, DC, advocating for Native American child
health issues and programs.