Lauren W. Yowelunh McLester-Davis gesturing while delivering her lecture

Distinguished Lecture Series

The Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP) sponsors a Distinguished Lecture Series focusing on issues affecting Native health.

The Distinguished Lecture Series is funded by the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) grant within the Indian Health Service in the Department of Health and Human Services.  NACHP hosts 3 free public lectures per year and are available in both in-person and virtual formats.

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Jeneile Luebke

Jeneile Luebke PhD, RN

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, And 2 Spirit: A Crisis Rooted In The Continuation of Colonial Injustice

June, 24, 2024
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Room 1325, Health Sciences Learning Center

Jeneile Luebke PhD, RN is a registered nurse
and Assistant Professor in the School of
Nursing at UW–Madison. Her talk focuses on the intersections of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women/Relatives (MMIW/R) that impact health and well-being of Indigenous people and their communities including historical and contemporary roots of the MMIW/R crisis, practice implications for helper/healer professions, and work being done by the Wisconsin MMIW/R Taskforce.

Logo of the PATHS (Re)membered Project by Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, featuring a circular arrangement of feathers around a heart, with the project's name in bold letters

Creating Affirming Healthcare Spaces for Two Spirit, Indigiqueer, and Transgender AI/AN Peoples

January 11, 2024

Presenters explored cultivation of affirming environments within Indigenous health care systems and structures, and discussed the difficulties of providing affirming care amid current sociopolitical landscapes in the United States.


Lecture was not recorded.

Lauren W. Yowelunh McLester-Davis

Lauren W. Yowelunh McLester-Davis

Part 2 of a Two-part Series on Data Sovereignty

Protection of Indigenous Data in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Research

March 2, 2023

Lauren W. Yowelunh McLester-Davis is a PhD candidate in neuroscience at Tulane University. She was born and raised on the Oneida Reservation in Wisconsin. Her research focuses on protecting and asserting sovereign rights of tribal nations in relation with academic research, enhancing protections for Indigenous data at the national level, and leveraging existing research data for direct benefits to tribal communities.

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Kyle Conniff

Kyle Conniff

Part 1 of a Two-part Series on Data Sovereignty

Considerations for Working with Indigenous Patients and Data from Visitation and Participation Patterns to Ownership

January 5, 2023

Kyle Conniff is a PhD in statistics at the University of California, Irvine. He is Menominee from Northwest Wisconsin but was born and raised in La Crosse. His dissertation and methodological research considers semi-parametric time-to event modeling in the presence of system migration in Indian Health Services’ electronic health records data.

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Lyla Ignace

Lyle A. Ignace, MD, MPH

Health Disparities and Mounting Health Concerns Coming out of a Pandemic

May 4, 2022

Lyle A. Ignace is the President and CEO of the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, Inc., located in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Ignace is Menominee from Wisconsin and Coeur D’Alene from northern Idaho. He is a board-certified internist and former clinical service chief of internal medicine with 10 years of experience providing comprehensive ambulatory and inpatient acute care for the Gallup Indian Medical Center, Navajo Service Unit Indian Health Service.

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Nicole Redvers

Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH

The Climate and Health Nexus: Indigenous Planetary Health

February 17, 2022

Nicole Redvers is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation in Denendeh and is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine – Indians into Medicine (INMED) at the University of North Dakota where she helped developed and launch the first Indigenous health PhD program. Dr. Redvers is author of the book The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles.

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Cary Waubanascum

Cary Waubanascum, PhD

Understanding how Indigenous Relative Caregivers Embody Traditional Kinship to Resist the Colonial Child Welfare System

October 28, 2021

Cary Waubanascum is a proud member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Wakeny^ta (Turtle Clan), with ancestral roots in the Menominee, Forest County Potawatomi, and Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Nations of Wisconsin. She is an assistant professor in the social work professional programs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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Donald Warne

Donald Warne, MD, MPH

American Indian Health Equity

September 29, 2022

Donald Warne, MD, MPH, is the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and Provost Fellow for Indigenous Health Policy. Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men.

This lecture was part of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Diversity Summit 2022.

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Candi Cornelius

Candi Cornelius, MSN, RN, CLC

American Indian Maternal Child Health: National and Local Perspective

March 5, 2021

Candi Cornelius, of the Oneida and Menominee Nations of Wisconsin, works for the Oneida Community Health Center as a Prenatal Care Coordinator. She is a certified lactation counselor and childbirth educator who helps improve breastfeeding rates and equips expecting parents with the knowledge to make informed decisions.

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Jerry Waukau, Sr.

Wendell Waukau, MA, ES; Jerry Waukau Sr.

Menominee’s Journey to a Culture of Health

February 19, 2021

Jerry Waukau Sr. was born and raised on the Menominee Reservation. He has been the Tribal Health administrator for 35 years and is proud of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize Award the Menominee Nation received in 2015.

Wendell Waukau, MA, ES, is the superintendent for Menominee Indian School District, located on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Northeast Wisconsin, and is a member of the Menominee Indian Tribe in Wisconsin.

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Kris Rhodes

Kris Rhodes, MPH

Indigenous Cancer Burdens and Solution: Trust Community Wisdom

December 10, 2019

Kris Rhodes, of the Bad River and Fond du Lac Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa, is the CEO of the American Indian Cancer Foundation, a national organization dedicated to capacity building solutions based in tribal wisdom to eliminate cancer burdens faced by American Indian and Alaska Native people.

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Distinguished lecturer, Michelle Johnson-Jennings

Michelle Johnson-Jennings, PhD

Transforming Trauma Through Love: A Community Driven Randomized Clinical Trial Among the Choctaw Nation to Lower Addiction Risks

May 3, 2019

Johnson-Jennings is an Indigenous clinical health psychologist and associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Blythe Winchester

Blythe Winchester, MD, MPH

Navigating the Health of Our Elders

December 5, 2018

Winchester is a board-certified geriatrician and enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina. She practices at Cherokee Indian Hospital providing care to elders, consultation and home visits, and is the certified medical director at Tsali Care Center.

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Annie Belcourt

Annie Belcourt, PhD

American Indian Environmental Health: Risk, Resiliency and the Role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge

September 28, 2018

Belcourt (Otter Woman) is an associate professor at the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montana.

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Jon Kerstetter

Jon Kerstetter, MD

Modern Paradigms of Native American Education: Crossing the Boundaries of Health Professions

April 23, 2018

Dr. Kerstetter is a member of the Oneida Nation and a military veteran.

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Donald Warne

Donald Warne, MD, MPH

Impact of Unresolved Trauma on American Indian Health Disparities

September 29, 2017

Dr. Warne is professor and chair of the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University.

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