Community Cooking with All Nations Health Center

    In honor of Native American Heritage Month, join the Community Health team at the All Nations Health Center for a cooking demonstration that focuses on healthy cooking and preparation of traditional indigenous foods.

    Cherith Smith and Erica Rubino make and share the nutritional benefits of Bapa Wohanpi, a traditional Lakota dried meat soup.

    A Special Thanks to our Presenters:

    Dr. Cherith Smith

    Dr. Cherith Smith, PharmD, is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Oyate of the Lakota people (Upper Brulé Sioux Nation), Rosebud, South Dakota, and Piikani Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy, Brocket, Alberta, Canada. She completed her undergraduate work at Oglala Lakota College and the University of Montana, receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Montana in 2007. Dr. Smith is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice, serving as Director of Experiential Programming within the University of Montana – College of Health, and has been working at All Nations Health Center (All Nations) since 2010 as her primary practice site. Dr. Smith has been the All Nations Diabetes Coordinator for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) Community-Directed Program grant since 2011, focusing on effective evidence-based intervention strategies for diabetes education in a community-based approach. Programming is tailored to specific local based needs of Missoula’s urban American Indian/Alaska Native community. Growing up between South Dakota, Alberta, Canada, and Montana, Dr. Smith observed and learned about traditional foods and medicines from her family. This knowledge is incorporated in the design and implementation of resiliency best practice models within All Nations clinical services and community health programming with a focus on Food Security and Food Sovereignty.

    Érica Rubino

    Érica Rubino (she/her) is an alumni of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, Minor in Spanish and completed her dietetic internship from Oregon State University. She is a Registered Dietitian who is interested in diabetes, health equity, and improving people’s relationship to food. Érica has worked at All Nations Health Center since June 2020 as the Wellness Care Coordinator and Registered Dietitian, providing integrated nutrition services within the center’s primary care clinic and coordinating health programming with the Health Promotion Disease Prevention as well as Special Diabetes Program for Indians grants. Originally from Brazil, she is a non-native and is trilingual in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Érica has experience working with underserved populations from different cultural backgrounds.

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