blueprint change
Date Title Instructor Time
Watch Now Blueprint For System Change: The American Indian Collaborative Lisa Skjefte 90 minutes

Brief Overview: We will discuss how Children's Minnesota has collaborated with the American Indian community to build meaningful relationships that foster community generated solutions of health and wellbeing. The American Indian Collaborative seeks to work collectively to transform and change systems, by exploring how disparities in care, specifically institutional racism and the impacts on patients' experience and health.

Expert Presenter: Lisa began working at Children's in the fall of 2014. In her current role, she works with the Advocacy and Health Policy, Social Work, and Volunteer Services departments to connect patient experience and community voice back to Children's. Lisa has launch an initiative called The First Gift, a space for American Indian community members to come together to make baby moccasins to give back to American Indian families whose babies are in the Special Care Nursery and NICU units. Lisa also work with Volunteer Services to launch the American Indian Volunteer Cohort. This cohort is equity in motion, it recognizes the unique need for thoughtful recruitment, retention, and engagement of the American Indian community. This cohort began in 2015, and American Indian volunteers are matched with American Indian patients and families. Lisa is a citizen of the Red Lake Nation of Ojibwe. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor degree in sociology. Lisa is also a co-founder of an American Indian Women's Wellness movement called KWESTRONG, Kwe, pronounced œqway in the Ojibwe language, means woman. KWESTRONG organizes an American Indian Women and girls triathlon, RUN BIKE CANOE, each year on the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis.

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Continuing Education Credits

This activity has also been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Social Work for 1.5 hours CEU and 1 Post Credits by the Minnesota Peace Officers.


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