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US Indigenous Health Systems: Promises and Pitfalls

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Malaysian Theatre - B121

Melbourne School of Design

The University of Melbourne

Carlton, Victoria 3053

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CHE Seminar Series 2018

US Indigenous Health Systems: Promises and Pitfalls

Presented by:

Karen Diver

Inaugral Faculty Fellow

College of St Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota

The US government has treaty obligations for Tribal health. In many ways, the system is failing its indigenous peoples. Tribally led solutions are overcoming some of those systemic barriers.

Despite the US government having treaty obligations for Tribal health, in the 1950's, the average age of death for a US Native person was 56 years old. Dependent on the federal government, inadequate health systems combined with extraordinary poverty led to our communities losing our elders in middle age. In the last 50 years, an era of the growth of tribal sovereignty and self-determination, gave rise to many Tribes taking over their health care delivery systems. Today we see a dichotomy in the health outcomes affecting tribal peoples between the innovation of tribes versus the continued failed system of the federal Indian Health Service.

Karen Diver is currently serving as the inaugural Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence for Native American Affairs at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.

She was an appointee of President Obama as the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs. As part of the Domestic Policy Council, Ms. Diver assisted with inter-agency efforts, policy and regulatory changes to benefit 567 Native American Tribes. Karen served in this position from November 2015 until the end of the Administration.

Karen served as Chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa from 2007 -2015. This position is elected and serves as chair of the tribal government and CEO of the reservation’s corporate boards. The Fond du Lac Reservation is the 2nd largest employer in northern Minnesota with over 2,200 employees. She served as Vice-President of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT), comprised of six members Bands, and chaired its Finance Corporation.

Karen served for three years as the Director of Special Projects for Fond du Lac and for eleven years as the Executive Director of the YWCA of Duluth.

Karen has extensive board experience in the nonprofit sector. She is proud to have served six years on the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Board of Directors and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, with two terms as chair of both boards. Karen was a founding member of American Indian Community Housing Organization, the Duluth Community Action Program, and the Duluth Human Rights Commission. She was an appointee of President Obama to the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resiliency, and co-chaired the Natural Resources Committee.

She has a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and as a 2002 Bush Leadership Fellow, she received a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Refreshments will be included after 3:30pm

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The venue is at the Malaysian Theatre, B121, Melbourne School of Design, Masson Road, University of Melbourne,

https://maps.unimelb.edu.au/parkville/building/133

Public Transport

The Route 19 tram travels along Elizabeth Street from the City into Royal Parade, Parkville, or from the North it travels along Sydney Road into Royal Parade, Parkville. The nearest accessible tram stop to the Venue is Stop 9 on Elizabeth/Haymarket Streets. No 59 tram stops there as well. Please visit the link to the timetable and map routes.


Parking

Car parking is available at University Square Car Park:

  • Entry: Entrance at 244 Bouverie Street or 206 Berkeley Street. Click here for map
  • Hours: Monday - Sunday 6:00am to 10:00pm
  • Fees and charges: $10 up to 4 hours. $20.00 all day. $8.00 after 5:00pm Monday to Friday and weekends.
  • Payment:
    • Press the casual entry button at the gate.
    • Upon exit, the boom gate will indicate the amount owing and you’ll be able to pay with your debit or credit card at the gate.
    • To pay with cash, you’ll need to pay at the pay machines located on level 1 prior to exiting the car park. To pay at this machine you’ll need to remember your vehicle’s licence plate number.
  • For assistance: Please use the intercoms at the vehicle entries, exits and at the pay machines.

There is also metered parking available in the vicinity of the venue.


Metro Tunnel Works

Please note that Grattan Street between Royal Parade and Swanston St is closed due to the construction of the Metro Tunnel and the new Parkville Station.











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