Ruth takes pride in her American Indian heritage as she is a citizen of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation and a descendant of the Chiricahua Apache. She carries her late grandmother Ruth’s Hidatsa name, Woman Appears. A member of the Dripping Earth clan, she is originally from Mandaree, ND and grew up on the Ft Berthold Indian Reservation. At an early age Ruth knew she wanted to make a difference in the American Indian community. She has twenty years of experience in serving American Indian youth. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Si Tanka-Huron University in South Dakota, a Masters of Management, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Mary.
Ruth continues to strive to improve quality of life for American Indians through research and working in the public health field. She led a comprehensive wellness program during her seven years at United Tribes Technical College while teaching health and wellness courses as an Adjunct Instructor. Ruth also coached women and mens basketball during her time at UTTC. She was a Komen Scholar at University of Kansas Medical Center and interned with the Kansas state legislature. She spent some time traveling with the Kansas Nuggets semi-pro women’s basketball team. She will be earning her Masters of Public Health in the spring of 2016.
My name is Tansy Wells and I'm the graduate assistant for the Public Health Policy Project Manager of the AIPHRC. This is my first year in the MPH program, and I am in the Management of Infectious Diseases specialization. Having grown up in North Dakota, I'm extremely excited to be able to work in the AIPHRC with such a great team. Rural health disparities, especially with tribes, are an area of interest, and working with policy is a great way to learn about those issues. Outside of public health, my interests include sociology and entomology. I love traveling and learning about new cultures as well.