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    New Gift Will Support Work to Advance Indian Nutritional Health

    RICH Center Receives Part of $1 Million Gift from Shakopee Mdewakanton

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    Gamechanger: Michelle Johnson-Jennings

    As a Choctaw tribal member, Johnson-Jennings has devoted her career to giving back to the American Indian community by working fervently to bridge health disparity gaps.

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    Research Training and Development

    Promoting partnership building including seminars with Indigenous health research and tribal members, student research showcases, and professional workshops on Indigenous community health

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    Co-Director Profile: Michelle Johnson-Jennings

    Johnson-Jennings is developing research partnerships with tribal communities.

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The RICH Center Aims to Provide Research Collaborations with Indigenous Entities

As an intercollegiate collaboration between the College of Pharmacy and the Medical School on the Duluth campus, RICH aims to provide an interdisciplinary center for research collaborations with Indigenous entities. RICH further aims to foster scholarly works that will identify health barriers and protective factors to increase healthcare equity for Indigenous patients.

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The RICH Center Goals
  • To identify risk factors and other barriers to Indigenous health and implications for practice
  • To develop collaborative relationships with MN and outlying academic entities, research partners, states, tribal communities and clinics
  • To provide an interdisciplinary cohort of health researchers as a resource for tribal community health research
  • To develop community-based research and grants in order to increase Indigenous health equity


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The RICH Center Vision

Our vision is to decrease American Indian health disparities and increase American Indian health equity through culturally respectful and responsive research collaborations involving University of Minnesota researchers, university affiliates and interested tribal communities.

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