Indigenous Perspectives in the Clinical Setting

Indigenous Perspectives in the Clinical Setting will examine key issues, themes, and practical information intended to better equip Child Life professionals to engage with Indigenous communities and individuals more successfully.  This series will be made available to free for all our members and consists of four parts which break down central ideas.  Each session is intended to be interactive and engaging.  Opportunities to ask questions are encouraged both prior to and after sessions.  Information is intended for Child Life professionals in all settings and attendance is encouraged for all members.  Indigenous issues impact health facilities all over the United States, from the most rural facilities to large urban children’s hospitals.  Each session is useful for all participants at both an interpersonal and programming level, helping to ensure equitable understanding of Indigenous issues and priorities cultivates better understanding within the healthcare setting.


Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, 623 Medical, the makers of nüm for helping to provide this webinar programming free of charge for child life specialists. nüm is a sterile topical anesthetic spray used to numb the skin prior to needle procedures. nüm helps to reduce needle anxiety, increase patient satisfaction and eliminate contamination risk. 

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Chelle McIntyre-Brewer

Michelle ‘Chelle’ McIntyre-Brewer is a graduate student at Northeastern State University pursuing a Master’s Degree in American Studies, having recently graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha, obtaining a Master’s degree in Critical and Creative Thinking with dual concentrations in Cultural and Global Analysis and International Migration, Development, and Citizenship, as well as a minor in Native American Studies. Her Master’s research focused on Indigenous Medical Humanities, creating a toolkit for professionals in a clinical setting to have better relationships with Indigenous communities and individuals.  This work is a culmination of her own community and family experiences within the healthcare setting, especially impacted by experiences raising a child with a chronic/critical condition.  Her honors include the presentation of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest civilian merit in the United States, by President Barack Obama, was selected the inaugural US Military Spouse of the Year for the Department of Defense, the American Red Cross Military Award, the Susquehanna University Alumni Medal, and the University of Nebraska’s Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women Community Service Award, Red Cross Military Hero Medal, and the 2020 Helen Hansen Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Her passion for Indigenous research, particularly historic and intergenerational trauma, is attributed her own Cherokee heritage. Her work has been published by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Penn State College of Medicine, AUC Geographica, as well as others. She is a proud member of the Circle Legacy Center, the American Indian Society of Washington, DC, and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.  Her work is especially dedicated to her children, both patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and her niece, Kenna Fay Brison.  

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Valuing Complete Stories: Truth and Reconciliation (Part 1)
11/01/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
11/01/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes This session is an introductory look at Indigenous issues, focusing on important issues impacting clinical care management and relationships. Exploration of historic, intergenerational, and medical trauma will help professionals gain a broader understanding of Indigenous experiences in medical settings. This is also an opportunity to explore cultural perspectives, which vary drastically from region and Indigenous nation.
Survey - Indigenous Perspectives
5 Questions
Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, 623 Medical
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Open to view video. Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, 623 Medical, the makers of nüm for helping to provide this webinar programming free of charge for child life specialists. nüm is a sterile topical anesthetic spray used to numb the skin prior to needle procedures. nüm helps to reduce needle anxiety, increase patient satisfaction and eliminate contamination risk.
Certificate - Indigenous Perspectives
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available
Educational Tools (Part 2)
11/08/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
11/08/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes This week participants will learn about tools available for professionals, families, and patients with family centered care as a priority. Discussion relating to activities, access to appropriate learning opportunities, perspectives relating to holidays, problematic language, and contemporary issues will provide insight into creating positive, personalized relationships with patients and families.
Survey - Indigenous Perspectives
5 Questions
Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, 623 Medical
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, 623 Medical, the makers of nüm for helping to provide this webinar programming free of charge for child life specialists. nüm is a sterile topical anesthetic spray used to numb the skin prior to needle procedures. nüm helps to reduce needle anxiety, increase patient satisfaction and eliminate contamination risk.
Certificate - Indigenous Perspectives
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available
Pediatric Indigenous Health (Part 3)
11/15/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
11/15/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes A brief overview of health concerns particular to Indigenous youth will convene this week’s session and then we will move on to essential relative to Child Life interpersonal relationships. Priority will be placed on communication and community- based approaches to managing health and well-being for children and families. This session will also cover the Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA), so Child Life professionals are better equipped to advocate for and positively interact with families in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.
Survey - Indigenous Perspectives
5 Questions
Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, 623 Medical
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, 623 Medical, the makers of nüm for helping to provide this webinar programming free of charge for child life specialists. nüm is a sterile topical anesthetic spray used to numb the skin prior to needle procedures. nüm helps to reduce needle anxiety, increase patient satisfaction and eliminate contamination risk.
Certificate - Indigenous Perspectives
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available
Perspectives: Reconciliation and Resilience (Part 4)
11/22/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
11/22/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes This final session is an opportunity for professionals to apply content from previous sessions into meaningful discussion and interaction to their unique professional and personal lives. Focus will be on pulling together information from the previous sessions to create comprehensive approaches to Child Life in the pediatric setting, stressing the value of Indigenous perspectives, not solely with Indigenous patients and their families, but for all clinical interactions.
Survey - Indigenous Perspectives
5 Questions
Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, 623 Medical
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, 623 Medical, the makers of nüm for helping to provide this webinar programming free of charge for child life specialists. nüm is a sterile topical anesthetic spray used to numb the skin prior to needle procedures. nüm helps to reduce needle anxiety, increase patient satisfaction and eliminate contamination risk.
Certificate - Indigenous Perspectives
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available