The 2018 Our Nations, Our Journeys Indigenous Public Health 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.
Elva (Cookie) Allan, Owner, Advanced Management Strategies/Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Lindsey Holt, MSW, Marimn Health’s Behavioral Health Department
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