Interim Chair, Graduate Program Director, Assistant Professor, Indigenous Health
- American Indian Health, Health Disparities, Health Equity, Epidemiology, Mixed Methods, Indigenous Driven Evaluation and Tool Development
- Email: melanie.nadeau@UND.edu
- Office: 701.777.0871
- Fax: 701.777.3277
School of Medicine & Health Sciences Room E161
1301 North Columbia Road Stop 9037
Grand Forks ND 58202-9037
Dr. Melanie Nadeau, aka Dr. Mel, is an enrolled citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in Belcourt, North Dakota. She completed both her Master’s in Public Health in community health education with a concentration in health disparities and her PhD in social/behavioral epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. Nadeau is a community engaged scholar and has worked more than 19 years on various research and evaluation projects within the American Indian community. She has successfully engaged a multitude of tribal health stakeholders from across the nation and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Native communities. Dr. Nadeau currently serves on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Research Review Board, as program co-chair for the American Evaluation Association Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation Topical Interest Group, on the American Public Health Association American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian board, and co-chairs the Tribal Health Data workgroup for the North Dakota Department of Health. Dr. Nadeau also serves as Interim Chair, Graduate Program Director and Assistant Professor for the Indigenous Health PhD program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Mel's journey, view the two digital stories she created.
1. Why Dr. Mel pursued a career in public health - https://youtu.be/6HgjTWof9iQ
2. Dr. Mel's educational journey - https://youtu.be/QAezmOYabsc
PH 761: Indigenous Evaluation Framework
PH 790: Indigenous Health Seminar
American Indian Health, Health Disparities, Health Equity, Indigenous Driven Evaluation and Tool Development
Articles – Peer Reviewed
Hirchak KA, Nadeau M, Vasquez A, Hernandez-Vallant A, Smith K, Pham C, Oliver KA, Baukol P, Lizzy K, Shaffer R, Herron J, Campbell ANC, Venner KL. Centering culture in the treatment of opioid use disorder with American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Contributions from a National Collaborative Board. American Journal of Community Psychology. 2022 August: 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12620
Nadeau M, Best LG, Klug M, Wise K. Exploring Clinical Risk Factors among American Indian Women. Frontiers in Public Health – Life-Course Epidemiology and Social Inequalities in Health. Accepted 2022 May; 10:840280. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.840280
Nadeau M, Wise K, Farfan Cuela V, Olson D, Saravana K. Identification of Cancer Related Risk and Protective Factors for American Indian Youth: A Mixed Studies Review. Frontiers in Public Health. 2022 April; 10:828776. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2022.828776
Redvers, N, Nadeau, M. Urban Land-based Healing: A Northern Intervention Strategy. International Journal of Indigenous Health 2020 Dec; 16(2): 322-337. https://doi.org/10.32799/ijih.v16i2.33177
Nadeau M, Walaszek A, Perdue DG, Rhodes K, Haverkamp D, Roster, J. Colorectal Cancer Screening Influences and Practices of Health Providers Serving Northern Plains American Indians. Preventing Chronic Disease 2016 Dec; 13 (E167): 1-9. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd13.160267
Nadeau M, Blake N, Poupart, J, Rhodes K, Forster J. Circles of Tobacco Wisdom: Learning About Traditional and Commercial Tobacco with Native Elders. American journal of preventive medicine 43.5 (2012): S222-S228. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2012.08.003
Best LG, Nadeau M, Davis K, Lamb F, Bercier S, Anderson CM. Genetic Variants, Immune Function, and Risk of Pre-Eclampsia among American Indians. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology 2011. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0897.2011.01076.x
Best LG, Nadeau M, Bercier S, Dauphanais S, Davis J, Davis K, Poitra S, Anderson CM. Genetic Variants, Endothelial Function, and Risk of Preeclampsia among American Indians. Hypertension in Pregnancy. 2010 Dec 21. https://doi.org/10.3109/10641955.2010.525276
Nadeau M, Best LG. Recruiting American Indian Women for a Genetic Epidemiology Study. Public Health Genomics. 2010; 13(7-8):389-95. Epub 2010 Jul 9. https://doi.org/10.1159/000294582
Best LG, Dorsam ST, Nadeau M, Burd L, Anderson CM. Genetic thrombophilia variants and risk for pre-eclampsia among American Indians. Hypertension in Pregnancy. 2009 Feb; 28(1):85-94. https://doi.org/10.1080/10641950802419887
The health and wellbeing of Indigenous adolescents: a global collective for an equitable and sustainable future. Global Collective for Indigenous Adolescent Health and Evidence Based Action. The Lancet Volume 399, Issue 10322, P341-343, January 22, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)02719-7
IPE TIG Week: Taking a Culturally Grounded Approach to Tribal Community Engagement and
Capacity Building. American Evaluation Association 365 A TIP-A-DAY BY AND FOR EVALUATORS. November 14th, 2022. https://aea365.org/blog/ipe-tig-week-taking-a-culturally-grounded-approach-to-tribal-community-engagement-and-capacity-building-by-melanie-nadeau/
Warne DK, Nadeau, M, American Indian Perspectives on Population Health—Chapter 15
Solving Population Health Problems - Through Collaboration, Public Health Foundation, Volume 1. Bialek, Beitsch and Moran, 2017 Mar (1).
Abstract Submissions – accepted
Richardson M., Hirchak K, Oluwoye O, Nadeau M, Bajet K, Brigman M, Herron J, Hernandez-Vallant A, Vasquez A, Pham C, Oliver K, Baukol P, McDonell M, Venner K., Campbell A. The Cultural Adaptation of Western Frameworks: A Scoping Review of Dissemination and Implementation Science to Strengthen Substance Use Treatment for Indigenous Communities. Poster submitted to American Public Health Association 2022 Annual Meeting & Expo. Boston, MA. November 2022.
Richardson M. Hirchak KA. Oluwoye O. Nadeau M. Brigham M. Mills S. Bajet K. Herron J. Hernandez-Vallant A. Vasquez A. Pham C. Oliver K. Baukol P. McDonell M. Venner K. Campbell A. “Coming Together for Something Good: Recommendations from a Scoping Review for Dissemination and Implementation Science to Improve Indigenous Addiction Treatment”. Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). October 2022.
Nadeau M. Olson D. Wise K. “Creating a Community Informed Survey: The Literature Review Process”. 2021 DaCCoTA Annual Symposium. Recorded presentation available. https://youtu.be/k_ZQf3GhF70 June 18, 2021.
Hernandez-Vallant A, Herron JL, Vasquez A, Smith K, Lizzy K, Baukol P, Pham C, Oliver K, Nadeau M, Hirchak KA, Venner KL, Campbell ANC & The CTN96 Collaborative Board. Culturally Centering Medications for Opioid Use Disorder with American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Proceedings from a National Collaborative Board Meeting. Poster presented at the Society for Prevention Research. Virtual Presentation. June 2021.
Karan, S., Nadeau, M. Creating a Community Informed Survey – The Literature Review Process. Virtual Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum. Virtual Presentation. February 27th, 2021.
Nadeau, M. “An Integrative Literature Review of Community Health Indicators and Resiliency Factors for American Indian Youth” at the 17th Annual American Indian Health Research Conference. SMHS. UND. Grand Forks, ND. October 19th, 2019.
Nadeau, M. Eagle, R., Tibbitts, V. Smith, C., Zukowski, A. “Indigenous Driven Evaluation: Strengthening Tribal/State Collaborations through Tribally Led Initiatives” at the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo ~ Creating the Healthiest Nation: For Science. For action. For Health. Philadelphia, PA. November 2019.
Smith, C., Zukowski, A., Eagle, R., Tibbitts, V., Nadeau, M. An Indigenous Driven Evaluation Framework: Strengthening Tribal/State Collaborative Evaluation of Tribal Led Initiatives. American Evaluation Association Conference. Minneapolis, MN. November 15th, 2019.
Presentations at professional meetings
Invited to present “Sexual Health in the American Indian Population” at the Make Every Connection Together Conference. Health Equity, Hepatitis, HIV, STIs, TB and Harm Reduction. Bismarck, ND. June 20th, 2022.
Invited to present “Identification of Cancer Related Risk and Protective Factors for American Indian Youth: A Mixed Studies Review” at the Wellness & Research in Indian Country symposium. Hosted by Missouri Breaks & Avera Research Institute. Rapid City, SD. May 12th, 2022.
Presented “Indigenous Research Equity: Indigenous People’s Sovereignty, Data and Research” at the 8th Annual Tribal College Research Symposium. Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Spirit Lake Dakota Nation. April 21st, 2022.
Invited presenter for panel discussion titled “Building Equity into Evaluation”. The objective was to highlight the importance of equity-centered infrastructure, including incorporating cultural humility and values frameworks, for measuring impact of efforts to advance health equity. National Academy of Medicine Culture of Health Program Virtual Stakeholder Meeting: Measuring Impact to Achieve Health Equity Outcomes. January 25th, 2022.
Invited to present on Research Considerations in Tribal Communities for the 2021 National Rural Housing Conference hosted by the Housing Assistance Council. December 1st, 2021.
Invited presenter for discussion titled “Tribal Review Boards vs IRBs. Daccota - Dakota Cancer Collaborative on Translational Activity Annual Symposium. June 18th, 2021.
Invited panelist for discussion titled “Mentorship: It Takes Two to Tango” with Dr. Lyle Best, MD. Daccota - Dakota Cancer Collaborative on Translational Activity Annual Symposium. June 18th, 2021.
Invited panelist for discussion titled “Engaging the Native American Community in Health Research”. Virtual Health Equity Summit. The Leading National Forum on Practical Case Studies and Solutions for Advancing Health Equity. Virtual online video live and archived. June 9th, 2021.
Invited panelist for discussion titled “In the Name of Science: Harmful Research and Disparate Treatment of BIPOC and Poor People. How Can the Science Community Build Trust? National Maternal Health PCOR Network (partnering for justice in maternal health). NMHPN Virtual Symposium, Moving Towards Justice in Maternal Health: A Roadmap for Action. October 14th, 2020.
Presented “An Integrative Literature Review of Community Health Indicators and Resiliency Factors for American Indian Youth” at the 17th Annual American Indian Health Research Conference. SMHS. UND. Grand Forks, ND. October 19th, 2019.
Presented “Indigenous Driven Evaluation: Strengthening Tribal/State Collaborations through Tribally Led Initiatives” at the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo ~ Creating the Healthiest Nation: For Science. For action. For Health. Philadelphia, PA. November 2019.
An Indigenous Driven Evaluation Framework: Strengthening Tribal/State Collaborative Evaluation of Tribal Led Initiatives. American Evaluation Association Conference. Minneapolis, MN. November 15th, 2019.
Presentations to the public
Invited to serve on panel for Peer Review Week focused on “Research Integrity: Creating and supporting trust in research”. The panel discussed how graduate students are taught about practices that support research integrity. September 20, 2022
Invited to present “Engaging Tribal Communities in Research” by the Equal Opportunity/Civil Rights (EEO/CR) Committee at the ARS-USDA Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center. September, 2022.
Invited to present “Risk Factors for Breast Cancer among American Indian Women” at the Inaugural Virtual Data Science Academy hosted by the ND-INBRE and Indigenous Trauma and Resilience teams at the University of North Dakota. Virtual. June 30th, 2022.
Invited to present “Conducting Research Utilizing Indian Health Service Data
~ Research Challenges and Recommendations” at the Inaugural Virtual Data Science Academy hosted by the ND-INBRE and Indigenous Trauma and Resilience teams at the University of North Dakota. Virtual. June 30th, 2022.
Invited to present “Cultural Aspects of Data Collection and Use” at the Inaugural Virtual Data Science Academy hosted by the ND-INBRE and Indigenous Trauma and Resilience teams at the University of North Dakota. Virtual. June 27th, 2022.
Invited to present “Engaging Tribal Communities in Research” for the DaCCoTA Community Engagement & Outreach Core Training Event. Virtual via zoom. June 15th, 2022.
Invited to present “Identification of Cancer Related Risk and Protective Factors for American Indian Youth: A Mixed Studies Review” for the T32 Cancer Health Disparities Seminar at the University of Minnesota via Zoom. May 9th, 2022.
Invited keynote for National Native HIV/AIDs Awareness Day. Indigenous Association. Free, family-friendly event open to all. Fargo, ND. March 20th 2022.
Invited to present “An Indigenous Perspective for Conducting Community Driven Research, Evaluation and Tool Development in Tribal Communities”. Tufts University. Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Online and in person. February 16th, 2022.
Invited to a virtual conversation Honoring and Celebrating Native Americans. Hosted by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Access Councils of the U.S. Embassies in France and Luxembourg. Audience included members of the embassies in Paris and Luxembourg, as well as various consulates in France. November 19th, 2021.
Presented Tribal IRB considerations to the NDDoH Tribal Health Data workgroup via zoom. September 16th, 2021.
In the Media at University of North Dakota
- Why culturally appropriate research is more effective, UND researcher explains. UND Today. April 7th, 2022. https://blogs.und.edu/und-today/2022/04/melanie-nadeau-a-community-based-researcher/
- On a Turtle’s Walk by Patrick C. Miller. UND Today. January 27th, 2022. http://blogs.und.edu/und-today/2022/01/on-a-turtles-walk/
- ND-INBRE and Indigenous Trauma and Resilience teams receive $287k NIH award for data science. November 29th, 2021 http://blogs.und.edu/for-your-health/2021/11/29/nd-inbre-and-indigenous-trauma-and-resilience-teams-receive-287k-nih-award-for-data-science/
- Congratulations to the TLAS Teaching Academy inaugural class of 2020-21. September 30, 2021. http://blogs.und.edu/for-your-health/2021/09/30/congratulations-to-the-tlas-teaching-academy-inaugural-class-of-2020-21/
- New UND faculty bring new ideas – Newcomers to the UND faculty talk about joining the University community. October 25, 2019. https://ndus.edu/2019/10/25/new-und-faculty-bring-new-ideas/
- Master of Public Health Program welcomes Melanie Nadeau as new assistant director. June 6th, 2019. http://blogs.und.edu/for-your-health/2019/06/06/master-of-public-health-program-welcomes-melanie-nadeau-as-new-assistant-director/
In the Media Outside of the Institution
- Tribal College Journal. Of Community and Culture: A Snapshot of Tribal College Alumni. August 23rd 2021. https://tribalcollegejournal.org/of-community-and-culture-a-snapshot-of-tribal-college-alumni/
- Winds of Change. AISES. Career Builder. A firsthand look at opportunities in government, industry, academia, and Indigenous enterprise. UND Master of Public Health Program. Ask a Director. Issue. Fall 2021. https://read.nxtbook.com/aises/winds_of_change/fall_2021/career_builder_1.html
- Roll Call. Policy. Tribes see progress in Covid-19 fight. Tribal communities have been quick to vaccinate their populations. April 19, 2021. https://rollcall.com/2021/04/19/tribes-see-progress-in-covid-19-fight/
- Grand Forks Herald. 2020 was a historically deadly year for North Dakota. Here’s how far outside the norm it was. March 26th, 2021. https://www.inforum.com/newsmd/coronavirus/6951390-2020-was-a-historically-deadly-year-for-North-Dakota.-Heres-how-far-outside-the-norm-it-was#.YF4epkxhCm2.link
- National Institute of Health. NIH – “To walk in the beauty way”: treating opioid use disorder in Native communities. October 20, 2020. https://heal.nih.gov/news/stories/native-cultures
- Indian Country Today. Teaching public health during a pandemic. March 12, 2020. https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/teaching-public-health-during-a-pandemic?redir=1
- Tribal Nations Research Group (TNRG) Newsletter. Volume II Issue II April 2016. Highlighted Member. http://nebula.wsimg.com/b96769f0389a20a3a6c2ebc2fa3ada97?AccessKeyId=FF0318FE16C15B6C1F97&disposition=0&alloworigin=1