Tuesday, August 19, 2014


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Food, Medicine and Other Traditional Sources of Healing

September 28 - 30
Venue to be announced, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Historically, Indigenous peoples have acknowledged the nutritional and medicinal value of food through a shared relationship with creation to promote wellness and balance. Beyond prevention of disease, and promotion of wellness within communities, food in itself has a central role within Indigenous life ways and traditions carrying a spiritual significance for many communities. Food has the unique ability to help develop identity, facilitate and strengthen relationships while restoring balance. By way of colonization, Indigenous communities native to Turtle Island have experienced a disruption in this critical relationship largely affecting health at individual, familial and community levels. As a result, many tribes/Indigenous groups have begun to promote and implement programs to reclaim their spiritual and cultural relationship with food thereby preventing disease and increasing community wellness in the process.
Come learn how we can return to our roots of wellness and balance by revisiting foods and other medicines for healing, as well as participating in cooking demonstrations aimed at prevention of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Also, come and celebrate the innovative ways in which communities are (Re)searching traditional food and medicine in order to increase access for health and social justice.
RICH’s 2014 Summit will include internationally renowned speakers in food and traditional medicines and workshops focusing on building tribal/indigenous capacities to increase food medicines and healthy eating. Speaking topics include a traditional medicine workshop, Indigenous chef presentations, community garden panel and current Indigenous research projects seeking to improve community level wellness and prevention of disease.

Dr. Warne will be presenting at the 2014 Indigenours Health Summit Sept. 28-30th!


Health Pitch Fargo 2014

Dr. Warne presented at Health pitch Fargo 2014!
Dr. Warne with Mary Fischer, Vice President of Family Medicine & Children's Services at Sanford Health and Sam Kundinger, Director of Bold Giving Initiatives at Dakota Medical Foundation.

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board meeting

Presenting to Tribal Chairmen at the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board meeting in Omaha, NE on August 5.  The topic was “Feasibility of a Tribal Public Health Institute” and it was attended by tribal leaders from ND, SD, NE, and IA.

Dr. Warne with GPTCHB Executive Director Jerilyn Church--a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe at the GPTCHB Annual Summit on August 7

Friday, August 8, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Maylynn Warne, MPH the next Executive Director of the North Dakota Public Health Association

Fargo, ND ‐ Maylynn Warne, MPH has been selected by the Governing Council to be the next Executive Director of the North Dakota Public Health Association. Mrs. Warne is an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico. She obtained her Associate of Arts from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas in 1996; her bachelor’s degree in South West Studies from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2002; and her Master of Public Health from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona in 2009.
Mrs. Warne entered into the public health field when she graduated with her bachelor’s degree when she accepted a position with the California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB) in Sacramento, California, as a Health Educator for their tobacco prevention program. In 2004 she moved to Arizona to work for Gila River Gaming Enterprises in the Health and Welfare Benefits Department. She loved working there, but missed working directly in public health. In the fall of 2007 Mrs. Warne began her Master of Public Health at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
Upon completing her MPH in 2009, Mrs. Warne accepted a position with the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) as the Northern Plains Tobacco Prevention Program Director. The
GPTCHB provides public health programming and advocacy to 17 tribes and 1 service unit in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. Within her first year, in this position, she was able to grow a single program into the Community Health Department. The Community Health Department houses the Northern Plains Tribal Tobacco Technical Assistance Center, Northern Plains Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, and the Great Plains Ride Safe Car Seat Safety Program. Each program has multiple funding streams that complement and support the goals and objectives of each program. In this role Mrs. Warne has had the pleasure and honor to work with many of the North Dakota Department of Health staff, tribal health departments, Indian Health Service clinic staff, and many others in North Dakota.
For the past two and half years she has resided in Fargo, North Dakota telecommuting. Mrs. Warne is the proud wife of Dr. Donald Warne, Director of the Master of Public Health Program at North Dakota State University. They have four wonderful children Kyle, Shonto, Ana and Crandall. She and her family absolutely love living in Fargo.
Mrs. Warne will be dedicating her efforts to the North Dakota Public Health Association beginning August 1st. Mrs. Warne is looking forward to meeting, learning and discussing North Dakota public health issues with members of the NDPHA. She is beyond thrilled to have this opportunity to work for the NDPHA.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A week in the life of Dr. Warne

This has been a very busy week for Dr. Warne.  He presented with Dr. Judith Kaur on the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on American Indian Cancer Care at the Association of American Indian Physicians 43rd Annual Meeting in Denver, CO on July 25.  Dr. Kaur, pictured with Dr. Warne, is the Principal Investigator for the Spirit of EAGLES American Indian cancer program at the Mayo Clinic.

While in Denver, he was able to meet with Region VIII Health Resources and Services Administration leadership to discuss improving tribal outreach for ACA enrollment.  He also met with Department of Health and Human Services Administrator Dr. Zachary Taylor—pictured with Dr. Warne.  They discussed the potential role for increasing the scope of work for Community Health Workers in ND to improve public health outreach and outcomes.

Dr. Warne and Stefanie Meyer, MPH Program Coordinator, are in Washington, DC for an Accreditation Orientation with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  While in DC, they were able to meet with Senator Heidi Heitkamp to discuss public health programming and needs in ND!

Today we officially begin our journey toward CEPH accreditation for the NDSU MPH Program
Dr. Warne and Dr. Judith Kaur, the Principal Investigator for the Spirit of EAGLES American Indian cancer program at the Mayo Clinic
Dr. Zachary Taylor and Dr. Warne

Dr. Warne, Senator Heidi Heitkamp, and Stefanie Meyer, MPH Program Coordinator

Thursday, July 24, 2014

American Cancer Society National Board of Directors

Dr. Warne speaking about his involvement with the American Cancer Society National Board of Directors. He is the first American Indian physician to serve on this Board in its 100-year history.