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 American 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.

She has provided numerous testimonies in regard to health policy, health issues, public health, cultural traditions, and tribal consultation. Her specialties include: Health Services Administration; Clinic Management; Rural & Indian Health Policy and Legislation; Public Health and Wellness; Cultural Humility; Health and Education Research and Assessment; Behavioral Health; Community Assessment and Survey Development; Evaluation; Gerontology Services, Assessment, and Avocation; Exercise Physiology; Health Education; Physical Rehabilitative Therapy; Service Learning Administration; Senior Corps Administration; and Therapeutic Recreation.

American Indian Health Resources


Dr. Frizzell has been honored to be a tribal technical advisor for health care and services policy for over 29 years. She 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 currently serves on the national Office of Minority Heath’s Advisory Committee, Governing Board of the Minneapolis Indian Health Board; Global Health Faculty Associate; and an Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.

She developed six classes in American Indian Health and Wellness; and an American Indian Graduate Minor and a Regents Certificate for American Indian Public Health and Wellness. She also teaches and provides presentations on tribal public health and wellness.


Teaching Areas

  • Faculty member, Gerontology faculty
  • Associate Global Health Faculty
  • The LCC Advisory Board
  • Chair, U Senate Social Concerns Committee

Community Engagement

Dr. Frizzell serves on numerous committee advisory committees, including University projects that collaborate with Minnesota communities. Recently she has been working with Chairwomen Karen Diver, who is the Tribal Advisor to Pres. Gabel. Dr. Frizzell is a past 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)

Other News

  • AMÁ: The untold story of the involuntary sterilization of Native American women by the Indian Health Service well into the 1970s. (Read More)