Walker, Richard. “Hunt makes history with national honor.” Indian country today (Lakota times) 23.18 (October 15, 2003): B1.
R. Andrew Hunt, a native of Baltimore, MD and a commissioned officer in the U. S. Public Health Service, became the first Native American to receive the U. S. Public Health Service’s Social worker of the Year award. Commander Hunt is on a special assignment with the Indian Health Service’s Indian Child Welfare Association; in the year of his award, he made 54 on-site training visits and flew over 150,000 miles. Hunt works with American Indians and Alaska Natives as a trainer, consultant, and provider of technical assistance on children’s mental health. He helps tribes develop plans for culturally-based healing methods. Because such methods have achieved demonstrable gains in children’s self-esteem and sense of identity, agencies can bill Medicaid for the services of the teacher or mentor. Hunt also helps Indian and non-Indian agencies work together to understand the use of culturally-based methods.