Charles Salmen, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Charles Salmen

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-302-8275

Office Address:
6-240 Phillips-Wangensteen Bldg.
516 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

University of California-San Francisco

University of Minnesota North Memorial Family Medicine Residency

English Literature, Duke University


Dr. Salmen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and serves as the Director of the UMN-OHR Mfangano Community Health Field Station in Western Kenya. Dr. Salmen brings extensive experience in medical anthropology and community-based research, particularly within HIV hyperendemic fishing communities of Lake Victoria, Kenya.Through a 2007 Rhodes Scholarship to the Oxford University Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Dr. Salmen conducted 2 years of ethnographic fieldwork on Mfangano Island exploring the surprising relationship between the Nile Perch Fishing industry and HIV epidemiology in the region. During this time on Mfangano Island, Dr. Salmen worked with local stakeholders and community leaders to help establish a community health organization called the Organic Health Response ( Dr. Salmen also recruited and trained local investigators to establish the first community-based research department on Mfangano Island at the Ekialo Kiona Community Center. This team of investigators has completed numerous longitudinal studies to evaluate novel interventions to address HIV/AIDS, maternal health and food security issues facing these remote communities. 

Dr. Salmen completed his medical training at UCSF School of Medicine, and his residency at the UMN North Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. In collaboration with the UMN Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, Dr. Salmen now leads the development of a local-global collaboration between UMN and the Organic Health Response, supporting longitudinal global health research, training for US and Kenyan graduate students, and innovative health programming through the “Mfangano Community Health Field Station”.


  • Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Underserved Medicine
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Community-Based Research
  • HIV/AIDS and related issues in rural East Africa

Awards & Recognition

  • 2007 Rhodes Scholarship (Balliol, District 13)
  • 2008 Young Voices in Research for Health North American Winner. The Lancet and Global Forum on Research for Health
  • 2011 UCSF School of Medicine Dean’s Research Fellowship in Global Health
  • 2014 Pisacano Scholar, Pisacano Leadership Foundation of American Board of Family Medicine
  • 2016 Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, American Academy of Family Physicians

Professional Associations




  • English
  • Swahili



  • Fiorella, K; Milner, E; Salmen, C et al. 2017.Human health alters the sustainability of fishing practices in East Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS).April 4th.
  • DeLorme, A; Gavenus, E; Salmen, C; Benard, G; Mattah, B; Bukusi, E; Fiorella, K. 2017Nourishing Networks: A social-ecological analysis of a network intervention for improving household nutrition in Western Kenya. Social Science & Medicine
  • Hickey, M; Omollo, D; Salmen, C, et al. 2016. Movement between facilities for HIV care among a mobile population in Kenya: transfer, loss to follow-up, and reengagement. AIDS Care. April 2016.
  • Salmen, C*; Hickey, M*; Bukusi, E; Cohen, C; et al.2015. “Wan Kanyakla” (We are together): community transformations in Kenya following a social network intervention to promote engagement with HIV care. Social Science and Medicine. Volume 147, Dec 2015, 332–340 (*denotes equal contribution).
  • Hickey, M. D.*; Salmen, C. R.* Bukusi, E; Cohen, C; et al. 2015. “Pulling the Network Together:” A quasi-experimental trial of a patient defined support network intervention for promoting engagement in HIV care and medication adherence on Mfangano Island, Kenya. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. May 2015. (*denotes equal contribution)
  • Fiorella, K; Camlin, C; Salmen, C et al. 2015. Transactional Fish-for-Sex Relationships Amid Declining Fish Access in Kenya. World Development. 74: 323-332.
  • Nagata, J., Fiorella, K., Salmen, C., Hickey, M., et al. 2015. Around the Table: Food Insecurity, Socioeconomic Status and Instrumental Social Support among Women Living in a Rural Kenyan Island Community. Ecology of Food and Nutrition.

  • Hickey, M. D.*, Salmen, C. R.* et al. 2014. Antiretroviral concentrations in small hair samples as a feasible marker of adherence in rural Kenya. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (*denotes equal contribution)
  • Fiorella, K.J., Hickey, M.D., Salmen, C.R., Nagata, J.M., et al. 2014. Fishing for food? Analyzing links between fishing livelihoods and food security around Lake Victoria, Kenya. Food Security.

  • Nagata, J; Jew, A; Kimeu, J; Salmen, C; et al. 2011. Medical pluralism on Mfangano Island: Use of medicinal plants among persons living with HIV/AIDS in Suba District, Kenya. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 135 (2011) 501–509



Broadway Family Medicine Clinic