June Graduate

Rebecca St. Germaine

Hayward, WI
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe/Oklahoma Choctaw Nation

Loan for Service
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities College of Pharmacy
PHD SAPH
GPA: 4

Community Service:
Rebecca currently serves as the Acting Chairman of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Health Center Health Advisory Board on her reservation. As a Health Board Officer, we aim to improve the health and medication experiences for our tribe through enhanced technology (Virtual Reality Device in collaborative participatory settings), American Lung Association staff training in Asthma, Community Liaison for Mental and Behavioral Health improvements, and delivering additional Grant funding for the new clinic.  I am a 3 year Teaching Assistant for the College of Pharmacy for a Neighborhood Outreach Clinic, which administers pharmaceutical care services (immunizations, medication therapy management, diabetes, and Healthy Heart initiatives). I have presented in Scotland, Thailand, and throughout the USA with the message of Cultural Health and Pharmacy can change lives. Additionally, my work is supported as a teaching assistant for Women’s Health, Leadership awards, and many Pharm D courses at the University. As a research scientist and social science analyst, I am fortunate to explore opportunities through genetic interventions such as the University of Minnesota Precision Medicine Health Initiatives for American Indians Health Summit which can potentially change the evolution of technology and effective medication delivery to Natives for chronic diseases such as Diabetes, Depression, Addiction (Nicotine), and Cancer (Lung). I am currently working to integrate this health initiative throughout  the 11 Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota and Wisconsin to eliminate adverse effects of cancer therapies and reduce the effects of addiction by Precision Medicine science.  While my focus has been on pharmaceutical care and medication management, I am active in our community ceremonials and responsibilities that help to ensure our language and Anishinaabe traditions are practiced and carried through to the next generation.

Bio:
Aaniin, Zegasegakwe indizhinakoz miinawa indoonjibaa Odaawa zaiganing. My name is Rebecca and I am from the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation in northern Wisconsin and I am a PhD candidate in the Social & Administrative Pharmacy at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota and will graduate December 2017.  My dissertation focuses on Codification of the Cultural Health Belief for American Indian populations, a new model and theory that contributes clarity to the foundation of patient-centered care for American Indians today.  With a dual Master Degrees in Environmental Health Administration and Public Health, this education enhances my ability to propose new policies in health bioinformatics and revisions to health initiatives on the reservation. Recognizing that diabetes and hypertension were two of the most comorbid conditions, I am helping to initiate specific research and subsequent publications that define cultural health and traditional belief into the framework of Ojibwe medicines and societal teachings.  My teaching background in American Indian nursing programs, pharmacy, tribal advocacy, and health policy are recognized as the foremost of my work experience. As the current Chairman of the Health Advisory Board, my work among rural populations positively promotes to our understanding of ethnophytotherapies (traditional or indigenous medicines), medication safety, pain control, and chronic state illnesses, such as diabetes, COPD, and hypertension. Currently, I am collaborating with the American Lung Association, tribe, and mold remediation team to expand resources in cold climate modifications for tribal homes, the University of Minnesota Pharmacogenomics Project, and the National Pharmacy Workforce Survey team. As a Native woman health disparities researcher, I strive to engage the community elders in revisiting their life histories as the foundation to create new teaching opportunities in health and medicine for the clinic staff and college students who are in the health professions.