Serving Native American Families Workshop

Serving Native American Families Workshop

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Staybridge Suites

855 West Washington Street

Marquette, MI 49855

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Purpose: To improve care interactions and outcomes for Native American women who are pregnent and their families by increasing familiarity with local tribal communities.

Program Overview:This workshop will enable you to feel confident when working with patients from Michigan's many diverse tribal nations. Learn how you can effectively communicate with and support Native American women and their families during the prenatal, labor/delivery, and postpartum periods. Meet your local tribal community's maternal child health staff and learn how home visiting services are mutually beneficial to you and your team. This participatory workshop will consist of an informational presentation, networking over light refreshments, and small group, facilitated discussions. Topics we'll explore include:

  • Common Native American sacred objects that you might see in your practice
  • Introduction to UP tribes and tribal health care systems
  • Native American traditional pregnancy and postpartum practices
  • Infant mortality prevention initiatives in the tribal context


  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Healthy Start Program
  • Hannahville Indian Community Family Spirit Program
  • Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan Maternal Child Health Staff

Who Should Attend:

  • Care Managers
  • OB/GYN providers, mid-level pracitioners and support staff
  • Midwives and doulas
  • Lactation consultants
  • Hospital chaplain
  • Administrators with diversity, inclusion and/or ethical care responsibilities
  • Clinic-based care providers and support staff
  • Hospital-based care providers and support staff

Cost: FREE

Mileage reimbursement is available for participants travelling to attend this event (made possible by a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Regional Perinatal Collaborative grant). Please contact Andy Chosa, UPHCS Grant Administrator for details (

Inter-Tribal Council Contact:
Raeanne Madison, MPH
Community Action Program Manager
(906) 632-6896 |

Event Contact:
Janey Joffee, MBA
Assistant Director
Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions, Inc.
906-226-4286 |

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