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Inaugural American Indian event kicks off public health week at NDSU

The first American Indian Public Health Day is slated to kick off a full week of events celebrating National Public Health Week at NDSU. 

The NDSU Department of Public Health in collaboration with the NDSU Public Health Association is set to host the inaugural American Indian Public Health Day Monday, April 4. The day will consist of holistic health-focused events.

Activities are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Arikara Room with an opening prayer by Willard Yellow Bird. Donald Warne, director of the NDSU Department of Public Health, and Scott Davis, executive director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, will provide opening remarks. A traditional flute performance will precede an 11 a.m. panel of American Indian Master of Public Health graduates and students.

Panel speakers are Amber Cardinal, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation; Shannon White, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate; Tasha Peltier, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; Pearl Walker Swaney, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Ojibwe; Jacob Walker Swaney, Potawatomi and Shawnee; Cheyenne Brady, Sac and Fox Tribe, and Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. They will share their experiences in the public health program.

A traditional meal followed by a campus geocaching event will conclude the day.

The American Indian Public Health Day is expected to serve as a stepping stone for a national event in 2017. Participants and supporters are encouraged to use the hashtag #4Directions4Health.

All events throughout the week are free and open to the public.

A full listing of events is:

Friday, April 1
Billy Mills “The Pursuit of Excellence”
Sudro Hall, room 27, 7-8:30 p.m.

Monday, April 4
American Indian Public Health Day
4 Directions 4 Health
Memorial Union Arikara room, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Traditional lunch at noon

4 Directions Geocaching Event
NDSU campus, 1-3 p.m.

Tuesday, April 5
Maternal and Child Health Speaker:
Jamie Stang “Obesity, Social Determinants and Pregnancy Outcomes”
Memorial Union Century Theater, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

College of Health Professions Poster Session
Memorial Union Ballroom, noon to 3 p.m.

Movie and panel
“Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic”
Fargo Theatre, 6:45 p.m.
314 N. Broadway

Wednesday, April 6
Public Health Career Panel
Regional public health professionals representing assessment, assurance, policy development and research will discuss career opportunities in their field.
Memorial Union Badlands Room, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 7
Avenues of Scientific Discovery
The event includes an infectious disease detective activity for area high school students.
Memorial Union Ballroom, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 8
Global Health Awareness Booth
Memorial Union, 10 a.m. to noon

Visit the Department of Public Health for more information.

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