Jolene Keplin
Assistant Health Educator
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribal Health Education

Joline Keplin has been employed by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribal Health Education for the past 20 years. The organization serves as a resource for the tribal community and makes age-appropriate presentations to K-12 students on multiple health issues: hygiene, human papillomavirus vaccine, STDs, smoking, and the dangers of underage drinking. The purpose of these health presentations is to engage youth, increase their knowledge to make healthy decisions, and further their education by attending the local community college after high school graduation.

Ms. Keplin closely collaborates with public health nurses at the Quentin Burdick Health Facility to address chronic diseases in the community, including cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. She coordinates efforts with other health entities in the tribal community to convene workshops and conferences to educate community members on healthier eating habits and lifestyles. She is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Tribal Toxic Council and has served on the North Dakota Cancer Coalition for 10 years.

Ms. Keplin attended Turtle Mountain Middle and High Schools. She received a BS in business from the University of Mary. She received training in the Native STAND (Students Together Against Negative Decisions) curriculum in Portland, Oregon and then implemented 27 sessions of the program to 20 Turtle Mountain High School students. The curriculum aims to teach students about their actions in decision-making.

Ms. Keplin is the mother of three adult children and the grandmother of three grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and swimming.