Heritage Marker Event
Native American Health Care: An Overview of Policy & Considerations In Care
About the Keynote Speaker
Christine Athmann, MD, MHA, is a descendent of the White Earth tribe of Ojibwe. She grew up on the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota, where she was a patient and later trained within the Indian Health Service. Christine finished her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris and attended the University of Minnesota medical schools in Duluth and Minneapolis campuses. She is a graduate of the Indian Health Pathways Program through the Center of American Indian and Minority Health within the University of Minnesota Medical School. Christine finished her residency in family medicine at the University of Minnesota St John’s Family Medicine Residency Program in St Paul, MN. She later obtained her Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
After practicing three years of full-spectrum family medicine with obstetrics at a critical access hospital in central Minnesota, Christine moved to Madison, WI. She became Assistant Director at the Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP) within the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 2013. Christine continued to practice family medicine at UW Health while working with the NACHP team, the tribal communities of WI, and the various health professional schools within UW to recruit and support Native American students and enrich curriculums with Native cultural programming. In 2017, she returned to the Twin Cities area, where she practices within the Allina Health System and mentors students and teaches on Native health topics.