I am from the Ho-Chunk Nation, indigenous to the Midwest. I grew up in the suburbs of St. Paul and often visited my grandmother in Wisconsin. Chronic illness is often the result of poor social determinants of health including limited access to quality food, poverty, systemic racism, and ultimately colonization. One beacon of light for our tribe is the Ho-Chunk House of Wellness, a tribally run clinic. It was here that I first saw a Ho-Chunk doctor caring for Native American patients of all ages. The joy her work brought her encouraged me to become a Family Medicine physician and help decrease health disparities within the Native community. I believe in advocating for your patient’s emotional, physical, and mental health. I enjoy spending time with my family – As a father of an energetic two-year-old, we enjoy spending time outside, building forts, and chasing one another around the house. Weightlifting – Since my undergraduate years weightlifting has helped decrease stress. Cooking – My cooking skills are still a work in progress, but I love the satisfaction when I am able to make a meal my family enjoys. Reading – When I can find time, I enjoy reading books written by Native American authors.
Charles Neher, MD (PGY1)
University of Minnesota