Director of American Indian Health, Tribal LiaisonCompany: Minnesota Department of Health
Role: Session Presenter
Session: Righting the Course: Advancing Equity in Government (S3 - H)
Jackie Dionne is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe, and serves as the first director of American Indian Health, Tribal Liaison at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Because of the unique sovereign status of tribal governments, she works closely with the commissioner and MDH executive leadership in maximizing resources and expertise to support collaboration on American Indian health initiatives at MDH.
Prior to this, Jackie served as the aging services specialist with the Minnesota Board on Aging, where she managed continuing care programs and elder services programs for American Indian tribes in Minnesota—specifically Wisdom Steps Preventative Health for American Indian Elders. Before her nearly 10 years at the State of Minnesota, she worked for more than 20 years with Minneapolis American Indian nonprofits, including American Indian Community Development, Little Earth of United Tribes, and Baby Space.
Jackie grew up in Minneapolis, graduated from the Minneapolis Public Schools, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in early childhood education. She is the daughter of Rachel and Simon Dionne, both from the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe in Belcourt, N.D.