Cultural Navigator

indigenous · Minneapolis, Minnesota
Department indigenous
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level


Facilitate and design cultural programming, as well as link patients with existing community activities to promote direct & indirect healing benefits and protective factors for wellness promotion.  This will lead to improved physical and emotional outcomes and reduced disease burden.  In addition, this position exists to develop and support health education. This staff will need to successfully work within Traditional and Western Policies and Practices. This means upholding practices and guidelines that IHB practice and follow in public settings. The ideal candidate will be driven, detail oriented, and is able to complete tasks timely. This position will require staff to be onsite 95% of the time. 




  1. Educate the community on healthy diets and programming, should advance understanding of colonial impact, to improve the health of the Native population that has been severely impacted by colonization and the resulting historical trauma and that has led to epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other diet-related health problems.
  2. Implement tribal practices and cultural traditions to build resiliency and connections to community and culture to reduce disparities and improve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing among tribal populations.
  3. Increase number of AI/AN reporting stronger understanding of and engagement in healthy living practices. 
  4. Increase participation in traditional and contemporary physical activity.
  5. Create/Implement family and community events that connect cultural teaching to health and wellness.
  6. Work within the garden to utilize fresh produce for healthy cooking demonstrations to promote physical health and wellbeing utilizing cultural teachings and practices about traditional healthy foods. Work with Partners and maintain relationships within community organizations for the garden.
  7. Partner with staff at the American Indian center to offer fitness classes for the community to increase participation in traditional and contemporary physical activity events.
  8. Create health and cultural education materials as needed.
  9. Connect community members to Indian Health Board services.
  10. Represent the Indian Health Board at meetings and with other organizations as appropriate.’
  11. Meet Grant Deadlines.



  1. Proficient with computer software technology. Willingness to learn new programs and technology as needed/required. Zoom/Google Hangouts/Microsoft Suite and Teams
  2. Ability to prioritize work and work independently.
  3. Ability to design and manage tracking systems and tools to support the programming
  4. Ability to understand and meet the needs of the patient through respectful, courteous and caring interactions with patients, families and other health professionals.
  5. Knows, understands and adheres to organizational policy related to the patient’s rights for confidential care.
  6. Knowledge and respect of American Indian cultures.
  7. Actively participates and works positively, flexibly and cooperatively in a team effort to accomplish the goals of the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis.



The work requires physical exertion such as long periods of standing, walking, recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of mulch/soil up and in excess of 50 pounds.  The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity.  The work environment involves high risks with exposure to potentially dangerous situations requiring a range of safety and other precautions.




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  • Location
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
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