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Ashland County Adult Drug Court Enhancement

The Ashland Drug Court targets high-risk non-violent offenders to provide them with substance abuse treatment and monitoring in the community as an alternative to incarceration. The program recently received three years of funding from the U.S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration to enhance the drug court to increase capacity and better serve American Indian participants from the Bad River Chippewa tribe through increased collaboration. As the evaluation partner, UW Population Health Institute evaluators work closely with the Ashland and Bad River Drug Court Team members to provide technical assistance with data management and analysis, program implementation, and program improvement.

Kit Van Stelle, Distinguished Researcher, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Population Health Institute
Janae Goodrich, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Population Health Institute

Bad River Global Health/Tribal Youth Program

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

Collaborative Center for Health Equity

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

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council Family Foundations Home Visiting Program

This group, in partnership with the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC) utilizing funding from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, is implementing the Family Foundations Home Visiting Program (FFHV). The FFHV model provides in-home visits, parenting education, and support services to pregnant and post-partum American Indian women and caregivers. Program goals include improving maternal and child health, school readiness, economic self-sufficiency, enhanced coordination of community resources, and preventing child maltreatment and domestic violence. The UW Population Health Institute evaluators provide technical support to GLITC and local staff in five Tribal Communities and Burnett County.

Kit Van Stelle, Distinguished Researcher, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Population Health Institute

Healthy Aging: Creating Trsut and Partnership with Native American Communities

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.

Healthy Children, Strong Families

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

Increasing Culturally Congruent Nursing Care for American Indians in Wisconsin

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.

Audrey Tluczek, UW-Madison School of Nursing
Kara Schurman, Great Lakes Inter-tribal Council, Inc.

Indigenous Health and Wellness Day

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

Lac du Flambeau Native Connections

The Lac du Flambeau tribe received a five-year grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement the national model "Native Connections" program. Native Connections aims to reduce suicide among Native youth and families' and to increase early intervention and responses by identifying at-risk youth prior to crisis. In collaboration with the UW Population Health Institute, Lac du Flambeau will have a targeted emphasis on developing new policies, practices, and protocols that address service gaps, prevention, and crisis response. In Years 2-5 of the grant, Lac du Flambeau will work with other tribal communities in the Great Lakes region to provide training related to suicide prevention and early intervention.

Kit Van Stelle, Distinguished Researcher, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Population Health Institute

Lac du Flambeau Opioid Overdose Prevention Project

The Lac du Flambeau Chippewa are conducting a comprehensive opioid overdose prevention project for their tribal community that includes (1) overdose reversal training for first responders, tribal service providers, and local community members, (2) community trainings related to WI’s Good Samaritan Law and opiate addiction, and (3) development of educational and media materials. UWPHI partners with Lac du Flambeau to develop and evaluate training curricula based on best practices, and develop local protocols, policies, and mechanisms for responding to opioid overdose and for data reporting during this four-year SAMHSA-funded project.

Kit Van Stelle, Distinguished Researcher, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Population Health Institute

Lac du Flambeau Zaagiibagaa Tribal Healing to Wellness Court

Zaagiibagaa (Ojibwe for “budding leaf”) targets high-risk, high-need American Indian criminal offenders in the Lac du Flambeau tribal community to provide substance abuse treatment and monitoring as an alternative to incarceration. The evidence-based national treatment court model is adapted for tribal communities to provide culturally responsive services in coordination with the Vilas County Circuit Court. As the evaluation partner, UW Population Health Institute evaluators work closely with the Wellness Court team to monitor fidelity to the model and promote enhanced health outcomes, public safety, and service coordination in the Lac du Flambeau community. The UWPHI evaluators provide technical assistance with program implementation and program improvement, data analysis and management, process evaluation, and outcomes evaluation. The program is funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration and by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Kit Van Stelle, Distinguished Researcher, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Population Health Institute

Milwaukee UW-Extension

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

Native American Center for Health Professions

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

Oneida Nation UW-Extension educational programming

Educational programming in the Oneida Nation is supported by UW-Extension educators from Brown and Outagamie counties.

Spirit of EAGLES

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

St. Croix Tribal Health Center Head Start Physicals

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 Healthy Start Initiative

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

Wisconsin Environmental Health Network

(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

UW/Native Nations Summit on Environment and Health

This summit provided an opportunity for Wisconsin tribal and community leaders to join with UW researchers and educators to participate in focused conversations that: