Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH) Center


The RICH Center: Providing Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations with Indigenous Entities

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.


Liz GardenRICH Speaker Series: Dr. Elizabeth Hoover March 6 & 7, 2017

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

March 6, 12-1:30pm Duluth Campus, UMD Library Rotunda
March 7, 12-1:30pm Twin Cities Campus, Cowles Auditorium at the HHH Conference Center
The talks are an hour long, with a brief reception afterward


Michelle Johnson-Jennings was featured in the KUMD story

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

New 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

The RICH Center Vision

Michelle Johnson-Jennings

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.

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