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VIDEO: First in the world

UND President Andy Armacost spotlights the University’s pathfinding Department of Indigenous Health 

Indigenous Health is a growing field at the University of North Dakota. The school is the first in the world to create a Department of Indigenous Health, a department that oversees research and degrees, research centers, and the American Indian Collaborative Research Network (AICoRN).

In this video, UND President Andy Armacost chats with two leaders of the UND Department of Indigenous Health to learn more about the program and its research and educational role.

Dr. Donald Warne is the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as the Director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) and Public Health Programs, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at UND.

Dr. Allison Kelliher, the AICoRN director, is said to be the first Koyukon Athabascan physician. Her family carries a tradition of healing, and when she worked as a board certified family and integrative medicine physician in Alaska, she was the only MD in the state who’d also been trained as a tribal doctor.