• Jesse Heaton

    Jesse Heaton

    Graduate Student
    Heyworth, IL
    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Jesse's Bio:
    I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and am now in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program here at CSS. I played on the baseball team at CSS for four years. I was also a statistics tutor and currently work as personal care assistant in Duluth. I love the outdoors, hunting fishing, hiking, etc. While being at St. Scholastica I have noticed the “family” atmosphere and I am truly enjoying every second of it.

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

Cultural Competency Presentation

I took time out of my Friday last week to attend the Culturally and Spiritually Responsive Health Care Conference, more specifically the “Reclaiming, Revitalizing, and Reinventing Indigenous Health” presentation in Mitchell Auditorium on the College of St. Scholastica’s main campus.

Quick look at the speakers/topic:  Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings is co-director of Research for Indigenous Community Health, a collaborative partnership between the College of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine to reduce health disparities in Indigenous communities and promote protective factors. A trained psychotherapist, Dr. Johnson-Jennings’ expertise lies in biopsychosocial health interventions, integrated care, and developing Indigenous cultural health interventions against addiction and substance use.

Dr. Derek Jennings’ research has focused on nutrition and obesity reduction in Indigenous communities, culturally and community defined views of health and well-being, the use of technology, media, and digital storytelling in health, and community-based participatory research.

Both Dr. Jennings and Dr. Johnson-Jennings are Assistant Professors in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at University of Minnesota Duluth.


The College of St. Scholastica does a wonderful job bringing in great guest speakers and hosting educational conferences. These opportunities give students, faculty, and the community interactions and experiences that they can take with them into the work-place and classroom. Since cultural competence is a major aspect to giving best patient care in the healthcare field, this particular conference was pertinent to my education as a graduate student in the doctorate of physical therapy program. Not only will I take what I learned back to the classroom, but I will also take it with me on my internships and into my career. Having a better understanding for the values, beliefs, lifestyles, etc. of my patients will help me to provide the best treatment that is patient centered and in his/her best interest.

Be sure to take advantage of all that CSS has to offer! So many great opportunities to be had here at CSS!

Reclaiming, Revitalizing, and Rejuvinating Indigenous Health presentation in Mitchell Auditorium.

Reclaiming, Revitalizing, and Rejuvinating Indigenous Health presentation in Mitchell Auditorium.


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