Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
I crave the opportunity to be taught by my people about diseases affecting my community, and interventions which support and appreciate traditional knowledge. Through the Center for American Indian Health, I was exposed to behavioral interventions that sparked my interest to increase healthy behaviors in American Indian communities through research. The teachings from this Institute will help me serve Indian country to the best of my ability.
Madison Anderson is currently in the process of obtaining her Doctor of Philosophy in the Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Health Track at the University of Minnesota. She is also working with the American Indian Cancer Foundation as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Minneapolis, MN. Madison has had previous experience working with The University of Minnesota as part of a NIH T32 Training. Grant in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Epidemiology. She also completed an internship with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health completing an analysis of the effectiveness of an Edible School Garden program for increasing nutrition knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors in three different southwest American Indian communities. She received her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Community Oriented Primary Care from George Washington University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a concentration in Public Health Studies, minors in American Indian Studies and Statistics from the University of Minnesota. She hopes by participating in the Summer Institute, the coursework will provide her with the appropriate training to learn about the data process post-collection and provide her an opportunity to learn while using American Indian data, something she has yet to experience in the classroom setting. Upon completion of her coursework she hopes to be an advocate for American Indian Health, conducting research, implementing culturally relevant interventions for chronic conditions, and advocating for policy change.