Marquette University’s Fall 2017 Ralph H. Metcalfe Chair is Dr. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of Native American Disparities Research at the Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health in the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Brave Heart will present “Health Equity and Native Communities,” on Monday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m. in the AMU Monaghan Ballrooms.
Brave Heart introduced the concept of historical trauma and unresolved grief for American Indians and by 1992, developed and delivered the first historical Trauma and Unresolved Grief Intervention in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She recently completed a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study of the Historical Trauma and Unresolved Grief Intervention in Northern Plains reservation and Southwest urban tribal behavioral health settings.
Currently, she is one of four principal investigators on a newly funded National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities for the Transdisciplinary Research, Equity and Engagement Center for Advancing Behavioral Health. Brave Heart, a seasoned clinician, provides clinical services and training in trauma informed and historical trauma informed care through Indian Health Service nationally. She continues to help indigenous peoples of the Americas find the sacred path to healing through culturally responsive interventions and ongoing clinical research.
Brave Heart will share her work with tribal communities, professional organizations and academic institutions across North America. Following the lecture, a Q&A portion will be moderated by Dr. Lisa Poupart, associate professor, director and chair of First Nations Education Doctorate/First Nations Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, whose own work is concerned with healing First Nations generational historic trauma.
A reception will close out the evening.
Named for Marquette alumnus Ralph H. Metcalfe, the Metcalfe Chair is administered by the Office of the Provost and supports a non-residential chair that brings an African-American, Latino/a or Native American scholar to Marquette each semester.
The lecture, part of the Marquette Forum series, is free and open to the public. More information and registration can be found online.