American Indian Traditional Healer - Sanford One Care
Sanford Health - Sioux Falls, SD

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This is a 3 year grant funded position.

Position Purpose:
Responsible for leading American Indian cultural diversity education/training services in support of the CMS-funded three-year enterprise wide initiative, Sanford One Care. The incumbent will contribute to developing a culturally-informed, integrated primary and behavioral health care model by focusing on providing American Indian perspectives to the curriculum development process, leading training sessions during implementation and providing ongoing mentoring and consulting to health care professionals in clinics. Advise on the effective integration of traditional healing to serve our American Indian patient needs more effectively as part of the broader initiative to integrate primary and behavioral health care. Coordinates a variety of individualized or community focused activities that are designed to enhance healthcare for the multicultural populations within the Sanford Health Catchment Area. * This position is funded by a healthcare innovation award. The expected position duration would be three years.

Required Skills


Customer Service

Interacts with customers in a warm and friendly way.

Takes immediate action to meet customer requests or needs.

Listens to understand what customers have to say.


Recognizes safety hazards and takes corrective action; seeking assistance when needed.

Demonstrates knowledge of operational policies and procedures.

Performs work safely, without causing harm or risk to self, others or property.

System Behavior

Makes a decision considering the impact of the decision on other areas.

Initiates collaboration with others outside of service area.

Demonstrates personal commitment to the principles, values, and ethics of the organization.

Models accountability for learning by sharing knowledge and learning from others.


Builds effective working relationships.

Expresses appreciation to others for their work.

Treats others with respect.


Demonstrates both knowledge and application of Sanford policies, procedures, and guidelines.

Demonstrates the ability to take charge, take unpopular stands if necessary, face difficult situations, and is looked to for direction from others.

Facilitates and supports change within the Sanford Health.

Demonstrates commitment to continuous learning for themselves and staff.

Demonstrates and applies continuous quality improvement knowledge and skills.


Demonstrates skill in accessing, preparing and using information as relevant to position.

Verbalizes and demonstrates knowledge of procedures for maintaining security, confidentiality and integrity of employee, patient, family and other medical information.


Demonstrates skill in use of equipment relevant to position; verbalizes knowledge of appropriate safety procedures.

Consistently informs appropriate person of problems encountered with repairs or calibration of equipment.


Provides traditional counseling services to the unique needs of culturally diverse patient populations across Sanford Health's catchment area are being served through the Sanford One Care initiative. Counsels and promotes healthy lifestyle choices in an effort to minimize and prevent chronic illnesses and disease.

Functions as a cultural liaison between other healthcare staff and patients and their families, when necessary, to ensure there is a mutual understanding of healthcare needs/treatment options. Provides interpretation services in a verbal or written manner.

Serves in a consultant role as needed to provide knowledge on native healing practices as well as other culturally specific beliefs relating to healthcare.

Prepares, documents, and facilitates education/training sessions on Native American medicine and Native American culture as it relates to healthcare to patients, community members, staff members.

Collaborates with other health care team members and community agencies to provide optimum care of clients and promotes positive public relations for the Sanford Health system.


Applies knowledge of growth and development in customer interactions and adapts care according to patient's age/developmental stage.

Required Experience

Education, Experience, & Skills (Minimum Requirement):
High School graduate or equivalent is required. Post-secondary education is desired, but not required. Evidence of an apprenticeship with a trained Traditional Healer/Counselor is highly preferred. Must have a minimum of one year of experience as a traditional healer. The ability to effectively communicate in English, Ojibwe, and/or Lakota languages verbally and in writing is required. A healthcare related background is also preferred. The ability to work with a wide-range of individuals with diverse backgrounds in a culturally respectful manner is required. Must have exceptional public speaking and presentation skills and posses the ability to convey information to large audiences. Must have significant knowledge of Native American healing practices, ceremonial systems, cultural practices, beliefs, counseling methods and behavioral development especially as they relate to traditional Ojibwe and/or Lakota tribal affiliations.

Licensure/Certification Requirement:
Must possess a valid class D driver's license. Must maintain a good driving record.

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