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Michelle Kahn-John, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, GNP, a nurse for 22 years and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner for 17, has spent most of her career working with the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. In 2005, she led efforts to establish the first inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit for American Indians on a reservation, where cultural wisdom and healing were integrated into the treatment model. Her work continues to shed light on the beauty and the value in Native American cultural wisdom and healing practices.

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Michelle Kahn-John, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, GNP
Moving toward a more progressive and culturally relevant approach to Native American health care, Indian Health Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services require culturally sensitive care in health-care settings.