Faculty

These faculty and staff are dedicated to sharing their knowledge with our clinics as well as our communities and they can help you implement programs to address various health conditions.

To connect with one of the experts, please contact us today at echo@npaihb.org.

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Dr. Jamie Conniff

Dr. Jamie Conniff

“Justice and community are two core values for me. Both my work in general, as a teacher and a physician, and my work on the Trans and Gender-Affirming Care ECHO serving Indigenous people address those values head-on.”

James (Jamie) Conniff, MD, MPH, teaches in the University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program and practices family medicine in Duluth with a focus on LGBTQ health. He oversees the residency program’s community health training and chairs its Healthcare ...read more
Dr. Frances Grimstad

Dr. Frances Grimstad

“Gender diversity has always existed in Indigenous communities and it’s a privilege to continue to learn and grow from my peers and to aid in deconstructing and repurposing the colonial systems of health care... It feels valuable to cut through those barriers and provide information directly to persons who will be able to use it in the most meaningful way possible.”

Frances Grimstad (she/her), MD, is a Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist at Boston Children’s Hospital where she is the founder of the Transgender Reproductive Health Service and also the gynecologist in the Center for Gender Surgery and the Be-U clinic (the ...read more
Lane Holcomb

Lane Holcomb

“Feeling seen wasn’t something I was used to growing up. Maybe in the sense I was someone’s token Native friend, but never was that representation mirrored until years later. This is what inspires me to do the work I do for the Trans and Gender-Affirming Care ECHO, knowing there’s someone who has been in the same shoes on the home side of the court.”

Lane Holcomb is from Vian, Oklahoma. She is 23 years old and is a trans woman of the Cherokee Nation. Lane is currently a student at Carl Albert State College, where she is majoring in psychology and sociology. Trans and ...read more
Dr. Itai Jeffries

Dr. Itai Jeffries

“Indigiqueer Elders and young people and their willingness to share their stories, live boldly, and their bravery navigating a healthcare system not built with us in mind, inspires me to do the work I do.”

Itai Jeffries, PhD (they/them/y'all) is a Yesah/Occaneechi Two Spirit educator, qualitative researcher, and equity consultant. They co-manage the Paths (Re)Membered Project at NPAIHB, a 2SLGBTQ+ health equity initiative, and are a firm partner of biwa|Emergent Equity, Inc., a racial equity ...read more