American Indian College Fund’s Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz Honored

May 24th, 2016 | | No Comments »
By Dina Horwedel

The American Indian College Fund’s Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz is the 2016 recipient of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Alumni Council Award for outstanding contribution. “This award is a beautiful honor, and it is entirely unexpected,” Yazzie-Mintz says. “This powerful recognition is not just for me, but celebrates collective work over time: my work with Native (more)

Student from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Receives Hospital Scholarship

May 11th, 2016 | | No Comments »
By Tom Urbanski

Tamara Montano, a student at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC), has been named the 2016 recipient of the Community Memorial Hospital Scholarship. Montano, a Cloquet resident originally from Red Cliff, Wisconsin, and a graduate of Bayfield High School, is completing the Practical Nursing Diploma Program during her first year in the college’s (more)

The Impact of an Educational Intervention on American Indian Students’ Interest in the Health Professions

May 11th, 2016 | | No Comments »
By Loretta Heuer, Marielle Christine Leilani Young, Cynthia Lindquist, Marilyn G. Klug, Ann Wadsworth, and Jonathan Ripp

Introduction American Indian populations experience decreased health outcomes and a disproportionate disease burden when compared with other ethnic populations in the United States. Additionally, they have higher mortality rates for a number of health conditions, including chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (368% higher), diabetes mellitus (178% higher), unintentional injuries (138% higher), and intentional self-harm and (more)

27-4 Summer 2016 “Good Medicine” Resource Guide

May 2nd, 2016 | | No Comments »
By Jessica White Plume

Native Culture, Health, and Education: An Annotated Bibliography Below is a listing and description of key sources in the field of health and wellness in Indian Country. Brave Heart, M. (2003). The Historical Trauma Response among Natives and Its Relationship with Substance Abuse: A Lakota Illustration. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 35(1), 7-13. Brave Heart describes (more)

Rx for Indian Country: Tribal College Education

May 1st, 2016 | | No Comments »
By Dina Horwedel

It is no secret that American Indian populations experience significantly higher rates of disease, including chronic illnesses and their effects. Diabetes, cancer, heart disease, mental health disorders, substance abuse, and preventable health problems such as obesity and injury all impact American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) disproportionately. The sobering result is AIAN people have a (more)

Very Good Medicine: Indigenous Humor and Laughter

May 1st, 2016 | | No Comments »
By Cynthia Lindquist with Mylo Redwater Smith

Humor exists in many forms and is essential as a basic human need. Laughter is an instinctive behavior that binds people together through humor and play. Indeed, scientific research demonstrates that laughter is good medicine and there is documentation dating from as far back as the 13th century maintaining that humor and laughter help with (more)

Four Legged Healers: Horse Culture as Medicine

May 1st, 2016 | | No Comments »
By Jessica White Plume

In one of my first and favorite undergraduate psychology courses, we read Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962). Kuhn helped us to see that scientific progress through the accumulation of knowledge (which we believe to be fact) is not as solid and linear as scientists might believe. Rather, there are cycles of learning (more)

Connection and Community: Diné College Emphasizes Real-World Experience in Public Health

May 1st, 2016 | | No Comments »
By Mark Bauer

Ever wonder how to empower students to explore research in their own communities? The Summer Research Enhancement Program (SREP) at Diné College provides students with a solid foundation of public health research methods and includes a hands-on internship in their home community to test their newly acquired skills while enhancing the communities’ health. Focusing on (more)

To Empower and Educate: Bringing Native Students into the Healthcare Professions

May 1st, 2016 | | No Comments »
By Marielle Christine Leilani Young

I double-checked my toothbrush was packed, tucked in my guidebook to the National Parks, and looked over the draft of my first lesson, entitled “Public Health Interventions.” I thought that my checklist was all I needed to work on the Spirit Lake reservation for the summer teaching a public health course at the local tribal (more)

Medical Laboratory Science Program Seeks to Partner with TCUs

May 1st, 2016 | | No Comments »
By Alexis B. Jones

Healthcare staffing shortages are a legitimate concern throughout the United States and are of critical concern for Native communities. In particular, our nation’s clinical laboratories are facing a startling and growing shortage of qualified laboratory personnel, with the laboratory labor force aging at a 78% faster rate than the entire U.S. labor market. To complicate (more)