Conference Background and Planning Committee
In November 2015, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), as part of their Seeds of Native Health campaign, announced a $1 million donation to the University of Minnesota to fund three major projects relating to nutritional health in Indian Country. The HFHL Institute is partnering with SMSC on one of the major projects which is to convene a series of annual nutrition conferences focused on Native nutrition. The goals of the conferences are to: (a) raise awareness about the serious nutritional problems among Native people, (b) identify broad strategies and solutions to these problems, (c) identify gaps in knowledge, subjects requiring new investigation or further work, (d) disseminate information about current work and showcase promising projects being funded by SMSC and the HFHL Institute (e) celebrate successes, and (f) build relationships among Native and non-Native leaders, experts and advocates. The first in the series of conferences will occur in Fall 2016 for which 300 attendees from Minnesota and across the country are anticipated to attend.
An organizing committee was created that includes University of Minnesota health professions faculty as well as a broad tribal community representation of Native health experts and academicians. The following is a list of the organizing committee's participants: