Monte Fox

Community Health Leaders
2007

Area of Expertise:
Fitness
Diabetes

Leader's Biography 2007:
Diabetes Program Manager, White Earth Tribal Health, White Earth, MN
As a Hidatsa member of the Three Affiliated Tribes growing up on a reservation in western North Dakota, Monte Fox witnessed first hand the toll that diabetes exacted within his own family.  Fox developed great respect for his Native culture and the healing power of Native American beliefs and practices. These experiences fueled his passion and mission to help the White Earth people improve their health through diet and exercise. Fox has developed culturally sensitive programs to promote healthier lifestyles, including a diabetes camp for adults and a summer survivor program for kids.  He has also invented games like Diabetes Bingo and Honor the Beat, which focus on education and prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Fox successfully negotiated for a podiatry clinic to serve the tribes that has saved more than 20 limbs from amputation during the last 4 years.

Where this Leader can be reached today:
Deputy Director
MN Office of Indian Policy

Office: (651) 431-5638
Fax: (651) 431-7443

E-mail: Monte.Fox@state.mn.us
Website: www.wellnessfornatives.com

Culture is the glue to who we are.  If we lose our culture, we lose a part of ourselves that affects our wellbeing through our whole life.  When I go out and speak, I always ask if there’s a cultural component.

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