MNA 2023 Fall Education Day

Indigenous Lens: Providing Culturally Safe Care

This live, in-person event will provide nurses and other healthcare professionals with knowledge on how to provide culturally safe care to diverse populations with a focus on the health care of the Indigenous peoples. Attendees will hear from two highly experienced healthcare experts who not only teach but live and provide care to Indigenous peoples on tribal lands. Nurses and other health care professionals will be able to understand how history has created health care barriers for Indigenous peoples and how they can help build the bridge between different cultural worlds for the purposes of building trust and optimizing patient care outcomes.

Date: September 28, 2023
Time: 1:00pm – 5:30pm (Lunch will be provided)
Venue: Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, 100 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 and Virtual
Registration & Cost: $25 for non-members, free for students and MNA members

Registration is required and is open until September 22nd, at 5pm. Refunds will be honored in full before that date.

Get the PDF flyer here.

About the presenters

Dr. Erin Tenney, DNP, CNM, WHNP, APNP
Nursing Faculty, Frontier Nursing UniversityDr. Erin Tenney, DNP, CNM, WHNP, APNP is a certified nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner. She completed her DNP in 2015 and is an alumnus of Frontier Nursing University, where she was the interim Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and currently serves as a full-time faculty member. In addition to her academic degrees, she is also a DONA International birth doula and birth doula trainer. Her clinical background is in women’s and maternal & child health at the Red Cliff and Forest County Potawatomi Tribal Health Clinics in northern Wisconsin. Erin has studied and worked with Dorene Day since 2007 in a number of Indigenous communities across the U.S. and Canada. She and Dorene have provided a variety of trainings and have developed a cultural safety course for health care students and professionals. She is passionate about advancing cultural safety in health care and decreasing health inequity, particularly within Indigenous communities.
Dorene Day ~Waubanewquay
Cultural Clinical Director of White Earth Nation in Central Minnesota
Native Life Ways Singer/Educator/Practitioner/MidwifeDorene has dedicated over 30 years of her life, practicing our Anishinabe lifeways, by attending and learning ceremonial protocols in Anishinabe country. She carries the responsibility of song keeper for her Midewiwin lodge. Dorene Day is an Artist and Educator. Through learning and teaching, she has worked a colorful wheel of trades; A Mother, Grandmother, Midwife, Bead and Textile Artist, Activist, Teacher, Writer, Singer/Performer, Counselor, and Trainer. Dorene has spent much time working in a spiritual capacity for her Anishinabe peoples. Waubanewquay is a 4th Degree Midewiwin, and lead woman singer for Center Fire in the Three Fires Midewiwin (Heartway), Lodge. She is a Midewanniquay ~Water Line Woman, those that vow to take care of the water. She sings “The Water Song”, to the water each day. Much of her work is related to spiritual practices and assisting in the connection and re-connection to spirit, and our spirit journey in life. Waubanewquay was trained in Midwifery in 1978-80 by Katsi Cook, Mohawk Midwife, through the Women’s Dance Health Project in Minnesota. Waubanewquay continues to teach Traditional birthing practices today.

KEY Objectives

  • Learn how Indigenous care can be improved through learning and applying key tenets of cultural safety
  • Reflect upon your own culture and identity; reflecting upon how these impact the patient/ provider relationship and quality of care
  • Understand how collective and intergenerational trauma in Indigenous communities impacts health and interactions with western medical systems
  • Learn what differentiates a culturally safe approach and what this looks like in practice


80% of participants will report that the entire session provided information that enhanced or validated current knowledge.

Successful Completion Criteria

  1. Attend the full four-hour presentations in their entirety
  2. Successfully complete post session evaluation for the entire presentation  

Contact Hours: 4

Relevant Financial Relationship and Commercial Interest – Disclaimer

No relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations or commercial bias exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity.

Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Thank you! We hope to see you at the event!

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