Linda Bane Frizzell, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Linda Bane Frizzell

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-2554

Office Address:
1230 Mayo

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 807 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Physiology, Education Administration, Gerontology, University of North Dakota, 1991

MS, Adaptive Physical Education, Coaching, Bemidji State University, 1988

BA, Physical Education, Science, Art, Parsons College, 1972


Dr. Frizzell has extensive experience and practice as a provider and administrator with Indian health systems. Her endeavors have included a broad range of professional preparations both in medicine and education, all dedicated to improvement of quality of life across the life span and health and wellness equity. Dr. Frizzell has provided numerous testimonies in regard to health care policy, health issues, gerontology, public health, cultural attunement, and tribal consultation.

American Indian Health Resources


Health services administration, clinic management, rural & Indian health policy and legislation, public health, gerontology, cultural mindfulness, health and wellness education research, behavioral health, community assessment, evaluation, exercise physiology, health education, memory loss and older adults, physical rehabilitative therapy, service learning administration, senior corps administration, and therapeutic recreation. 


Teaching Areas

  • Faculty member, Gerontology faculty
  • Associate Global Health Faculty

Community Engagement

Dr. Frizzell has been honored to be a tribal technical advisor for health care and services policy and legislation for over 24 years; also recently appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to the Advisory Committee on Minority Health.

Dr. Frizzell has extensive experience in working with countless tribes across the nation to enhance their infrastructures and assist in their quest for self-determination. She was chosen to be in the first class of Rural Health Fellows, a program initiated by the Office of Rural Health Policy and served as technical adviser and writer for the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (P.L. 94-437 as amended). She continues to serve on expert panels for numerous legislative proposals and policy administration. 

Dr. Frizzell is a member of the International Suicide Prevention work group for American Indians and Alaska Natives (Canada-USA); Member of the National Medicare and Medicaid Policy Committee, Chair of the Behavioral Health Sub-Committee; Government Affairs Committee, National Rural Health Association; and Past Chair of the State of Minnesota Minority and Multicultural Health Advisory Council.

Additionally, Dr. Frizzell has served as a principle investigator/project director on a Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Systems of Care project, consultant for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research projects, and provided tribal policy trainings for federal grants officers.


In The News

SPH News

  • Frizzell Featured on Alzheimer’s Podcast (Read More)
  • Frizzell Named to U.S. Health and Human Services Committee on Minority Health (Read More)
  • NRHA Congress Issue Paper: Health Issues for American Indians and Alaska Natives (Read More)