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Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness: Patient Care for Native Americans at Mayo

An interactive exhibition brought to you by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, and Mayo Clinic.

Patient Experience Representative for Native Americans at Mayo Clinic Rochester

Navigating patient care across cultures is difficult. Understanding family structure, spiritual practices, and
beliefs influence care.  Mayo Clinic, must acknowledge these complexities and navigate them for the best patient outcomes.

On March 1st 2018 Valerie Guimaraes (Ho-Chunk and Dakota) became the very first Patient Experience Specialist for Native Americans at Mayo Clinic.  She views patient relations as an important aspect of building trust with Native Americans who may have very different understandings and experiences when it comes to illness and healing. 


Pediatric Outreach Clinic

Smudging Facilities & Sacred Pipe at Mayo Clinic Rochester

For patients & their families with a desire to have a traditional Native American Ceremony, Mayo Clinic Rochester has smudging facilities   A ceremonial pipe is also available.  Contact Chaplain Services for more information. 

Mayo’s Chaplin Services can also put patients & their families in touch with a faith based visitation of their choice.  They can  be reached at 507-266-7275 on the Methodist campus and 507-255-5780 for the St. Marys Campus. 

American Indian Health & Nursing

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