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- EVENT POSTPONED - IPEC Anchor Event: Indigenous Communities in America – Understanding Cultures in Clinical Settings

Panel Interprofessional Education Collaborative

One of the images on display at the Maine Historical Society's 'Holding Up the Sky' exhibit.

One of the images on display at the Maine Historical Society's 'Holding Up the Sky' exhibit.

A panel of healthcare workers and Tribal members/advisors/citizens from Indigenous communities in North America, including Wabanaki, will discuss Indigenous cultures in clinical settings and implications for our next generation of health care professionals. Join us to learn about culturally-informed tools and practices to improve care for Native patients, families and communities.

We invite you to view the Maine Historical Society's feature exhibit: Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art between now and Feb. 1, 2020 in Portland. (Tickets will be given away at this IPEC event!)

Collaborative Partner: Maine Historical Society


Robin Dale Risling, MHS, EdD., PA-C is a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe in northern California.  She comes from a long line of family members engaged in traditional beliefs and practices. Her father served as Tribal Chairman and has served on council for many years. He is an experienced lobbyist for sovereignty rights. Her great uncle championed Indian Education. His efforts resulted in being a consultant in the creation of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and being appointed to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. Robin is grateful for the influences of her indigenous upbringing and welcomes the opportunity to share her experiences and perspectives. Robin is the Program Director of the UNE PA program. Her scope of clinical practice includes Internal Medicine, Urgent Care and Primary Care.

Eryn Neptune, M.S., a member of the Penobscot Nation, is the Interim Fitness Center Manager and the Health & Wellness Educator at the University of New England. Eryn holds a Master's Degree in Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science: Exercise and Nutrition, from the University of Southern Maine, in Portland, Maine. In addition to her roles at UNE, Eryn is a vinyasa and aerial yoga teacher. Eryn has worked in residential life and in elementary education, and also has had experience as a lifeguard and CNA. Hailing from Central Maine, she has hopped coast to coast with an insatiable hunger for knowledge to make proactive whole-self wellness and positive behavior change accessible to everyone, with a foundation starting with food.

Portland Campus: Light lunch will be served
Biddeford Campus: Light snacks will be available; or bring your lunch from the nearby Commons Caf.




(207) 221-4114

Attendance can be applied to the Interprofessional Honors Distinction or CUP.


Driving to Bishop St. Parking/Shuttle to Campus:
UNE operates a shuttle bus* continually between Portland Campus and the Bishop St. Extension Lot (in Portland), Mon-Fri, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Wait time: Fewer than 10 minutes. 
From Warren Ave: Turn onto Bishop St. (about ¼ mile from the intersection of Warren Ave. and Forest Ave.)
From Forest Ave or Stevens Ave: Please note you cannot turn left onto Bishop St. from Stevens Ave. or Forest Ave. going north. Proceed to the intersection at Warren Ave. and turn left. Bishop St. is about ¼ mile down Warren Ave.

*The shuttle bus that transports to Portland Campus from the Ext. Lot is a small, unmarked bus. The larger, UNE-branded bus transports passengers back to Biddeford Campus. Please ask Bus Driver to confirm if you are unsure.

Parking Map (Bishop St. Lot is #11):

Intercampus Shuttle from Biddeford Campus:





(207) 221-4491

12:00 PM
Innovation 104 (PC)/Commons 1st Flr (BC)

Both Campuses

Free and open to the public

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