Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH) Center

Providing Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations with Indigenous Entities

The RICH Center 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.

The RICH Center Vision

Michelle Johnson-Jennings

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

Are you working for Indigenous health through food or nutrition?

Please take this 15-minute survey to tell us about your information needs.The RICH Center is building an online “knowledge repository” for information on food, nutrition, and Indigenous health. The Food Wisdom repository will offer a searchable database of experts, organizations, projects, and publications, accessed via a public website. It will provide information and networking resources drawn from academic, experiential, and community-based sources of knowledge and expertise.

Your input will help us make the repository more useful and accessible. Individual survey responses are anonymous. We’ll use survey data to make decisions about database content and website design.Please share the survey with others you know who are involved or interested in this work:  If you want to know more, or to stay updated on our progress, contact Julie Davis, Project Coordinator: or 218.726.7241


Michelle Johnson-Jennings was featured in the KUMD story

"Journey of Wellness in Indian Country - harnessing the power of stories." Stream story

Gift Will Support Work to Advance Indian Nutritional Health

Center Receives Part of $1 Million Gift from Shakopee Mdewakanton. Read more on RICH Center gift

Matarākau: Māori Healing Traditions in Taranaki

Matarākau: Reflections on Māori Healing Traditions in Taranaki

The RICH Center Goals

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  • 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

From 'Garden Warriors' to 'Good Seeds': Food Sovereignty and American Indian Gardening Projects

From Garden Warriors to Good Seeds, presented by Elizabeth Hoover

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