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Journey to Wellness // Monday 8:00amA 10-minute bi-weekly program on Native American Community Health in MN and around the country in partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical School- Duluth Campus, Center of American Indian and Minority Health. The program will feature interviews with medical and health researchers, professors, and doctors plus native people active in Native American health today. Journey to Wellness on The North 103.3 is made possible by Ampers and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Journey to Wellness in Indian Country: "it's our job to protect our community"

We Are Healers/Association of American Indian Physicians

Even though Native people have the highest COVID-19 mortality rates nationwide and have seen their mortality rate accelerate the fastest in the past four weeks, (APM Research Lab, The color of coronavirus:COVID-19 deaths by race and ethnicity in the U.S.), it's responsible for some good news, too.

Applications are up for the University of Medical School, Duluth Campus in general, thanks in part to an application process that includes Zoom interviews now instead of flights to meet with prospective schools.

But Dr. Mary Owen, the director of the Center of American Indian and Minority Health and the president of the Association of American Indian Physicians, says she's still interviewing applicants when typically she'd be done by now, because more and more Native students are seeing the effects of COVID-19 in Indian Country and taking a look at a future in medicine.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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