Joe Finkbonner is the former Executive Director of Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB). Prior to holding that position, Mr. Finkbonner was the Director of the Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center (The EpiCenter) at the NPAIHB. The EpiCenter is one of 12 epidemiology centers nationally that focuses specifically on American Indian/Alaska Native health status. Mr. Finkbonner began his work in Indian health for the Lummi Tribe as the Health Director/CEO and was very active at State and Federal levels in his efforts to heighten the awareness of disparities of the AI/AN population and to assist with focusing action toward improving the health status through policy development. His efforts were through his membership on the Washington State Board of Health, participation in the Washington Public Health Improvement Plan, and miscellaneous workgroups for the Indian Health Service. Mr. Finkbonner also is Immediate Past Chair of the Public Health Accreditation Board.
Mr. Finkbonner began his work in health care delivery as a pharmacist at Providence Medical Center in Seattle and Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue. He holds a Masters of Health Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy both from the University of Washington. He is a member of Lummi Nation. Joe is a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Washington and Oregon Health & Sciences University.