It has been a productively busy and exciting last few months. Here are some of the recent activities that I have been involved in:
The Board of Directors utilizes a self-perpetuating board model and is responsible for the nominating process, the election of the Board members and Officers, and the election of the Nominating Committee.
The Board is the sole governing and fiduciary body for the American Cancer Society, and as such it sets policy, develops and approves an enterprise-wide strategic plan and related resource allocation, and is responsible for the performance of the organization as a whole.
This conference examined tribal health priorities and translational research to help build tribal health and oral health research capacity for the present and into the future. This conference provided ongoing dialogue among tribal leaders, health officials, researchers, students and other key stakeholders regarding current and future translational research in American Indian communities.
“This program has several important components to addressing diabetes in Indian country,”said Donald K. Warne, MD, MPH, professor at North Dakota State University and advisor to the project.
Dr. Donald Warne, director of North Dakota State University's Master of Public Health Program, said a portion of the Affordable Care Act would set up scholarship and grant programs for physicians who wish to work in underserved rural areas and reservations. However, if the law is not fully funded, those resources would not be available.
"It would be bad for us if it's not funded," he said.
Warne and others suggested one of the most important ways to get medical personnel onto reservations is to get more tribal members to go into medical careers and come home to work.
September 6: Presented at Higher Education Resource Organization for Students (HEROS) conference in Bismarck on American Indian Public Health as an Academic Discipline. http://und.edu/orgs/higher-education-resource-organization-for-students/conference.cfm