An Interdisciplinary Approach to Indigenizing Healthy Eating and Body Image

Tuesday, October 19
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (Central Time)
CE: 1.0
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/experience)
Activity Code: 163927


This session will explore the health disparities in the Indigenous community in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and how the Indian Health Board (IHB) addresses these disparities from a culturally informed perspective. In this presentation, IHB’s registered dietitian Kelsey Bigbee and IHB’s behavioral health consultant and staff psychologist Amy Fish will discuss how they formed an interdisciplinary team, along with IHB’s pediatrician, Dr. Angela Erdrich, to meet the unique needs of the Indigenous community in the Twin Cities. Presenters will discuss their approach to client education and goal setting during their collaborative team appointments which incorporate reconnecting to traditional food and food knowledge with a focus on mindful body attunement. Through interactive videos and demonstrations, presenters will showcase how they indigenize health coaching to provide life-affirming care to their diverse clientele. Attendees should expect to consider how they can support their clients through an interdisciplinary team approach to healthy eating and lifestyle behaviors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify healthy eating concerns in the Indigenous community.
  • Describe the benefits of an interdisciplinary team/appointment.
  • Identify the steps needed to implement an interdisciplinary approach in their work.

Performance Indicators:

  • 10.2.10 Gathers and evaluates information related to behaviors, beliefs,
    knowledge, and client/patient attitudes that influence nutrition and
  • 10.1.1 Leads intra- and interprofessional teams to identify, develop,
    implement and evaluate valid and reliable nutrition screening tools
    and procedures.
  • 9.2.4 Collaborates with learners and colleagues to formulate specific, measurable and attainable objectives and goals.