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.

Matarākau: Reflections on Māori Healing Traditions in Taranaki

Matarākau: Reflections on Māori Healing Traditions in Taranaki

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

From Garden Warriors to Good Seeds, presented by Elizabeth Hoover

Upcoming Events

spirit of eagles logoChanging Patterns of Cancer in Native Communities: Strength through Tradition and Science, September 21-24, 2017 in Niagra Falls, New York

All who work with American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) community-based health promotion and disease prevention are welcome to join. This conference will present products, technologies and programs to community members, advocates, researchers, clinicians, and other health service providers working with Native populations.

  • Abstract submissions are due Friday, April 14, 2017. Fill out this form if interested.
  • The 10th national conference will be co-hosted by Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center and Roswell Park Cancer Institute 
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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

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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