Today’s Theme: Creating a Culture of Caring in Service to Families
Indian health services (IHS) is grossly underfunded in the U.S., yet they may be leading the way in terms of patient centered and culturally safe care. IHS clinics serve Native American/Alaskan Native communities in urban and rural areas, and services and care providers are often closely tied to the communities they serve. Community health and traditional health practices are typically incorporated into clinical care and truly collaborative practice is the norm. Health care rhetoric in the U.S. calls for holistic, family centered care, but the reality is, health care delivery often falls short. Come find out what IHS does differently, and in many ways, better.
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Dr. Erin Tenney, DNP, CNM, WHNP, APNP has been a certified nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner since 2010. She recently completed her advanced practice nurse prescriber certification in 2017 through the state of Wisconsin. Dr. Tenney is currently regional clinical faculty at Frontier Nursing University for students in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.
Dr. Tenney’s clinical experience has been in Tribal health care on reservation lands in northern Wisconsin, with a focus on community health, traditional birth practices and supporting the Indigenous midwifery movement. She has a special interest in qualitative research and is most interested in advancing cultural safety in health care and decreasing health inequity, particularly within Native American communities.
She received her master’s degree in nursing and midwifery, post-master’s certificate in women’s health and doctorate degree in nursing from Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. She is also a certified birth doula and birth doula trainer through DONA International.
Dr. Tenney lives in Washburn, Wisconsin. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, dancing, photography, being on Lake Superior, participating in ceremony and community events, traveling and homesteading.