The Research for Indigenous Community Health Center will hold a symposium, "Global Approaches to Indigenous Health Promotion" in Duluth on August 15–17, 2013.
The Research for Indigenous Community Health Center (RICH) and this symposium is a collaboration between the College of Pharmacy and the College of Medicine on the Duluth campus.
Michelle Johnson-Jennings, Ph.D., (Choctaw Nation), founder and codirector of the UMD campus College of Pharmacy’s RICH Center and assistant professor, said, "The event features Indigenous physicians, pharmacists, and speakers from around the world." Topics discussed will include: the role of physicians as professionals and role models; improving health outcomes for Indigenous people by allowing them a voice in their own care, becoming a health advocate and collaborator, and traditional perspectives on wellness, In addition, a traditional medicine workshop will be offered.
The event opens on Thursday, August 15, with an evening Poster Presentation and Reception at the RICH Center’s new facility located in the historic Trepanier Hall in downtown Duluth, Minn. It ends on Saturday, August 17 with a morning health and wellness walk/run. The main events take place on Friday, August 16.
Melissa Walls, Ph.D., RICH Center codirector and assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School said she has learned a lot from the Indigenous people who present at the symposium. "It's very powerful to realize how similar the experience has been in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, the United States, and around the globe. We hear a shared history of colonization that has impacted our health."
Featured Keynote Speakers for the Symposium include:
A Traditional Medicines Workshop will be presented by Terry Maresca, M.D. (Mohawk), clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine and the Native American Center of Excellence in Seattle, Wash., and works with tribal elders in incorporating traditional healing medicines with western medicine.
An additional workshop on Overcoming Racism will be offered by Antony Stately, Ph.D., (Ojibwe/Oneida), director of Mental Health, Chemical Health and Employee Assistance Programs at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.
The community is invited to participate but registration is limited. To register, see: Symposium Information For information, contact Michelle Johnson-Jennings firstname.lastname@example.org or Melissa Walls email@example.com.
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