14th Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference

Bridging Generations : Thinking ahead while always being informed by the past

Ayn Whyte

Ayn N. Whyte, M.S., is an enrolled member of the Diné Nation, originally from Crownpoint, NM. Her clans are To’aheedliinii (Water Flows Together People) born for Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House People). Her maternal grandfathers are Naasht'ezhi (Zuni Clan). Her paternal grandfathers are Naakaii (Mexican). She and her husband, Anthony (Santee Dakota of Nebraska) are parents to four children, Kayne, Logan, Sawyer and Hope. 

Ayn has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Master of Science in Health Education both from the University of New Mexico. Ms. Whyte began her work with tribal communities to promote health and wellness as part of research teams at the University of New Mexico to implement a diabetes prevention curriculum for Native American women and a project examining the risk of cancer in individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

In 2010, she began her work at the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, Inc. (AAIHB) where she has led several projects including a research project to adapt an evidence-based intervention. She and the research team worked closely with Native youth to develop, implement, and evaluate an HIV prevention youth curriculum. She currently is the STI/HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Director and the Principle Investigator for the Office of Minority Health - Health Equity Project and the SAMSHA Capacity Building Initiative for Substance Use and HIV Prevention Services for At-Risk Racial/Ethnic Minority Youth and Young Adults Project. 

In additon to her work at AAIHB, Ms. Whyte serves as the community co-chair for the New Mexico Hepatitis Elimination Project, a member of the National Native Leadership Network, and member of the Native American Community Academy's (NACA) Governing Council.

In her spare time, Ayn loves anything and everything ladybug, enjoys camping with her family, sewing, trying new recipes, mastering the art of bullet journaling, and organizing her home. Her guilty pleasures include 80's hair bands and scrolling through Pinterest.