"An Indigenous Perspective for Conducting Community Driven Research, Evaluation and Tool Development in Tribal Communities"
Traditionally, Tribal communities have not informed mainstream research, evaluation, and data collection practices. Having lived and worked with tribal communities throughout her life, Dr. Melanie Nadeau, aka Dr. Mel, shares her story as a community-engaged scholar. Dr. Mel has nearly 20 years of research experience conducting community driven research, evaluation, and tool development in tribal communities. This presentation will provide a brief overview of Dr. Nadeau’s educational path, the work she has conducted as an Indigenous scholar and key considerations when taking an Indigenous led approach.
Melanie Nadeau is an enrolled citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in Belcourt, North Dakota. She completed both her Master’s in Public Health in community health education with a concentration in health disparities and her PhD in social/behavioral epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. Nadeau is a community engaged scholar and has worked more than 18 years on various research and evaluation projects within the American Indian community. She has successfully engaged a multitude of tribal health stakeholders from across the nation and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Native communities. Dr. Nadeau currently serves on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Research Review Board, as co-chair elect for the Native Research Network board of directors, on the American Public Health Association American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian board, and co-chairs the Tribal Health Data workgroup for the North Dakota Department of Health. Dr. Nadeau also serves as Director and Assistant Professor for the Indigenous Health PhD program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.