Melissa Canaday, M.Ed., Resident in Counseling



Certified Personal Medicine Coach

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In addition to my work in the American Indian communities of Virginia, I have worked the past 9 years with veterans experiencing homelessness and/or incarceration. I am CITI trained and bring over 25 years of experience in community-based programming. I have worked in the American Indian and African American communities of Virginia for over 25 years. I have served on several Boards and as a member of several planning committees regarding health and health equity. This service includes Secretary of the Virginia Department of Health Commissioner’s Minority Health and Health Equity Advisory Committee and Chair of their Community Engagement sub-committee. I served as Chair of the Charles City County Health Coalition. As Executive Director of the United Indians of Virginia (UIV), I was directly responsible for creating collaboration between Virginia tribes and several private, state, and federal agencies and created a coalition to address health disparities within First Nations communities. I have served with the Virginia Council on Indians, the Virginia Indian Tribal Alliance for Life, and as Secretary of the Board for the Intertribal Women’s Circle. I am a scholarship recipient of the 2009 National Institute of Health Summer Institute on Community Based Participatory Research.


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