Professor Melissa Jones focuses her teaching, outreach and scholarship on minority health issues, poverty, and prevention of diabetes and heart disease within Native American tribal communities.
Jones is a descendant of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes in western Montana, and is becoming familiar with Native communities in Oregon. She grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana and studied nursing at Salish Kootenai College, a tribal college in Montana. After graduate work in nursing and community health at Oregon Health & Science University, she returned to teach at the tribal college and to practice health care in a tribal setting. While there, she oversaw a multi-year grant from the American Indian College Fund that allowed her to conduct health outreach activities. The grant also supported undergraduate course development on diabetes in Native American communities. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Capella University
Jones has served as a nurse educator at local health institutions and lectured at Montana State University and Oregon Health & Science University. She currently teaches nursing at Linfield College.