Our Nations, Our Journeys

Indigenous Public Health Forum

About the Forum

Our Nations, Our Journeys Indigenous Public Health Forum is a gathering that celebrates indigenous achievements and innovations in public health practice.  By honoring diversity and unique pathways to wellness, this event is an opportunity for tribal and urban Indian public health leaders and professionals to participate in a community of practice focused on one common goal: healthy Native communities.

Our Nations, Our Journeys is a forum for strategic conversation that brings together diverse perspectives to talk about the big picture and big questions.  The Forum’s goals are to explore strategies to bridge public health and health care by:

  • Building new, mutually beneficial opportunities to network and engage with others.
  • Creating a shared understanding and vision for American Indian and Alaska Native (population) health.
  • Discovering imperatives for change through dialogue and exchange.
  • Exploring solutions and opportunities for Indigenous health systems transformation.
  • Making recommendations that can facilitate change and inspire action.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

The 2018 Forum was convened on August 29-30, 2018, in St. Paul, MN.  The theme, “Transforming Our Health Systems” was about aligning Indigenous approaches to health and healing with our public health services and health care delivery. Indigenous approaches to health and healing are holistic, encompassing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of individuals, families, and communities.  Despite this holistic view, our health services are often delivered in silos, without connection or coordination. Health system transformation occurs when public health (community focus) and health care (individual focus) services are connected and aligned with Indigenous values, beliefs and practices. 

At the forum, we listened to expert panels and presentations highlighting health system transformation activities occurring in tribal and urban Indian communities.  Hear what the keynotes speakers had to say below.

 “Mitakakuye Oyasin. We are all related.”

Don Warne, MD, MPH
(Oglala Lakota)
Listen to the Keynote >>

“Public Health calls them data points.I call them Storytellers of Health.”

Abigail Echo-hawk (Pawnee), MA, Urban Indian Health Institute
Listen to the Keynote >>

“We are recreating norms for our children.”

Elva (Cookie) Allan, Owner, Advanced Management Strategies/Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Lindsey Holt, MSW, Marimn Health’s Behavioral Health Department
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Raquel E. Aviles (Yaqui), Pascua Yaqui Tribe Health Services
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Resources and Presentations

Explore the presentations and other resources from the forum.

2018 Full Program >>

Indigenous Pathways to Health

>> Integrating Traditional and Modern Medicine to Improve Health Outcomes

Don Warne (Oglala Lakota), MD, MPH, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of North Dakota

>> Transforming Health Systems: A Yaqui-Centered Framework for Public Health Practice 

Christina Oré (Quechua-mestiza), DrPH, Pascua Yaqui Health Services Division

>>The Interconnectedness of Wellness and Culture

Thosh Collins (On Akimel O’Otham/Haudenosuanee), Well for Culture Chelsey Luger (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe), Well for Culture

>> Providing Cultural and Social Services that Reconnect Indigenous People to their Heritage: An Overview of the Home Visitation Model in the Northwest Region

Myra Parker (Mandan/Hidatsa), JD, MPH, PhD, Seven Directions: A Center for Indigenous Public Health

Data as Knowledge

>> Decolonize Data: Restoring Culture. Building Beauty

Abigail Echo-hawk (Pawnee), MA, Urban Indian Health Institute

>> Indigenous Epidemiology: An Introduction to the Urban Indian Health Institute’s Data Dashboard for Identifying Health Priorities among Urban Native Populations

Adrian Dominguez, MS, Urban Indian Health Institute

>> Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country: Indigenous Evaluation and Collaboration

Rose James (Lummi), PhD, Urban Indian Health Institute

>> Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Indigenous Health

Don Warne (Oglala Lakota), MD, MPH, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of North Dakota

Governance for Health

>> The Elephant in the Room: One Tribe’s Data-Driven Approach to Re-entry and Population Health Through Collaboration

Elva (Cookie) Allan, Advanced Management Strategies/Coeur d’Alene Tribe

Lindsey Holt, MSW, Marimn Health’s Behavioral Health Department

>> Maximizing Collaboration to Achieve Collective Impact on Improving Cancer Outcomes Across American Indian Communities

Anne Walaszek (White Earth Band of Ojibwe), MPH, American Indian Cancer Foundation

Amber Ruffin (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara), MPH, American Indian Cancer Foundation

>> Strengthening Indigenous Research Pathways at Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)

Deborah His Horse Is Thunder (Assiniboine), EdD, American Indian Higher Education Consortium

>> Improving Population Health Through Partnerships and Collaboration

Wayne Weston (Oglala Lakota), Sanford Health USD School of Medicine

Elva (Cookie) Allan, Advanced Management Strategies/Coeur d’Alene Tribe

Lindsey Holt, MSW, Marimn Health’s Behavioral Health Department

Performance and Innovation

>> Hiak Hitevi Kari (The Healer’s House)

Raquel E. Aviles (Yaqui), Pascua Yaqui Tribe Health Services

>> When the Standards Align: Developing a Process of Performance Management and Quality Improvement for Public Health and Clinical Health Care

Carrie Sampson (Umatilla, Walla Walla, Cayuse), Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center

Beverly J. Larson, MPH, RN, CPHQ-Retired, Grayhorse Strategies, LLC

>> Evidence-Based Practices in Tribal and Urban Indian Public Health and Health Care

Chelsey Saari, MPH, Public Health Accreditation Board

Michelle Adelmann, MPH, American Indian Cancer Foundation

Amber Ruffin (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara), MPH, American Indian Cancer Foundation

>> Clinic Team Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Across American Indian Communities

Anne Walaszek (White Earth Band of Ojibwe), MPH, American Indian Cancer Foundation

Sambridhi Shrestha, MPH, American Indian Cancer Foundation 

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Contact

If you have questions, please contact Keisha Musonda, Senior Program Manager, at kmusonda@indigenousphi.org.

Support for Our Nations, Our Journeys is provided by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Network of Public Health Institutes.

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