Maylynn Riding In

Maylynn’s research interests include the development and evaluation of health education materials. Currently, she works to protect Indigenous Elders as a Graduate Research Assistant with the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative housed at the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota. In this role, she assists American Indian communities in collecting, analyzing, and reporting elder maltreatment data in a meaningful and culturally informed way. She is also interested in using health education and data to support policy changes to promote wellness in Indigenous communities.

Maylynn has dedicated her professional and personal goals to improving the health and education status of American Indians. She is a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and a descendent of Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico. Maylynn’s parents and grandparents taught her that education is important, but to never forget where she came from and to use her knowledge to benefit her community. She has worked in public health for over ten years, working with Indigenous communities in California, Arizona, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. Maylynn is currently in the Educational Foundations Research Ph.D. program at the University of North Dakota. She obtained her Master of Public Health from the University of Arizona, Bachelor of Associates of Liberal Arts from Fort Lewis College, and Associate of Arts from Haskell Indian Nations University. She actively volunteers in her local community and serves as the president for the East Grand Forks, Minnesota American Indian Parent Committee. In this role, she tries to build community supports among American Indian families in the region within the community and school district.


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