This is a field course in the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health (UCGH). It connects UW-Madison with people in programs on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin. The program is designed to provide UW students in the UCGH program opportunities to learn about Native American health issues and both traditional and current holistic projects aimed at addressing health issues on the reservation. This holistic approach has students engaging with tribal elders and others on the reservation in activities designed to demonstrate the Native American connection to the land and how this connection is a vital point in addressing the health and well-being of native peoples on the reservation and beyond.
Patty Loew, Professor, Life Sciences Communication and American Indian Studies
CCHE is part of the NIH-funded UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. CCHE works to promote underserved, minority, and immigrant health; to increase health equity and improve health outcomes; and to assist in the development of health-care providers' and researchers' skills in intercultural communication. The center has relationships with tribal, urban, and rural partners throughout Wisconsin, in addition to state and local government collaborations.
Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, PhD, School of Education, and the Departments of Medicine and Neurology at the School of Medicine and Public Health
Wesley Martin, Chairperson on the Oneida National Commission on Aging, and President of the Great Lakes Native American Elder Association presented at the Geriatrics Didactic Series on May 2, 2017 on healthy aging and trust among Native American communities. He is an advocate for Alzheimer’s disease research in partnership with Native American communities. Although enrolled at Oneida, Mr. Martin is of Menominee and Chippewa heritage as well, and has seen firsthand the immense value in inter-Tribal and Tribal/non-Tribal partnerships. He is prized for his knowledge of tribal program development, policy and procedure and grant writing. As a veteran, Mr. Martin is also proud to contribute to veteran-focused support programming in Indian country.
HCSF is a community-based, multimodal, early childhood intervention that addresses childhood obesity. HCSF directly involves parents and primary caregivers of preschool-age American Indian children in making family-based healthy lifestyle changes. An initial trial showed promise in reducing adult and child BMIs in overweight/obese children, increasing fruit and vegetable intake, decreasing screen time, and increasing adult self-efficacy for healthy behavior change.
Alexandra Adams, M.D., UW School of Medicine and Public Health
This group in partnership with the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC), seeks to improve the quality of nursing care for American Indian patients by promoting culturally congruent nursing practice. GLITC staff and UW-Madison academic partners scheduled talking circles at each of the four project sites: Lac du Flambeau reservation, Bad River reservation, St. Croix tribal community, and Milwaukee. Members of the talking circles were encouraged to share their beliefs, views, concerns, experiences, and stories about the health care system in an atmosphere of open communication. The second objective is to attract middle and high school students to careers in health care.
IWHD is a three day event held at Madison College and on the UW-Madison campus. The event reflects an 11-year partnership between UW-SMPH and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC). To date, the IHWD program has provided hundreds of Wisconsin's American Indian/Alaskan Native high school and junior high students exposure to college and careers in health and science. The program has evolved over the years in response to increasing numbers of participants, new program sponsorship and attendee evaluations.
Lina Martin, NACHP Associate Student Services Coordinator
Educational programming for Milwaukee’s Native American communities is provided by a Native American Outreach Coordinator, educators and staff from Milwaukee County UW-Extension.
Kathryn Laroque, Native American Outreach Coordinator, Milwaukee County UW-Extension
NACHP seeks to improve the health and wellness of American Indian people by:
NACHP works with prospective students, current students and health professionals to serve as a central location within the UW School of Medicine and Public Health for opportunities of growth, professional development, mentorship, research and support. We offer innovative ways to continue to enhance our pathways of Native health professional students, as well as keep students connected to Native health and wellness issues.
Melissa Metoxen, NACHP Community and Academic Support Coordinator
This group works in a multi-state region to strengthen existing partnerships with Native and non-Native organizations to reduce cancer burden; and increase access to beneficial interventions among American Indian/Alaska Native urban and rural communities.
Rick Strickland, UW SOE Program Director
This was started by Dr. Murray Katcher and continued by Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, this annual two day trip to the St. Croix Band of Chippewa's Tribal Health Center helps screen children entering the Head Start program as well as provide valuable pediatric expertise to the staff at the Center. Pediatric residents and medical students are an integral part of the trip and gain experience in working with populations facing a variety of challenges as well as learning aspects of Native American culture.
Dipesh Navsaria, Assistant Professor Of Pediatrics
The broad objectives of the Healthy Start Initiative are to reduce infant mortality and improve the health and well-bring of women, infants, children, and their families. The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Healthy Start program achieves these goals by serving American Indian families through outreach, case management, health education, interconceptional care, screening and referral, and coalition-building in 5 Wisconsin Tribal communities. The Healthy Start evaluation assesses program implementation and outcomes and works with partners to develop and implement quality improvement and collective impact processes and projects.
Jennifer Nunez, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Population Health Institute
(WEHN) works in communities in western Wisconsin whose health is negatively affected by frac sand mining (including land owned by the Ho-Chunk Nation). WEHN seeks to work with health care providers who serve Wisconsin's tribal communities to educate them on environmental health risks from mining and other industrial activities (including coal-fired power plants).
Ann Behrmann, M.D., Department of Pediatrics
This summit provided an opportunity for Wisconsin tribal and community leaders to join with UW researchers and educators to participate in focused conversations that: