Connecting with and mentoring students, that’s how we actively recruit future health leaders and help them along their path via innovative education programs. We are also dedicated to supporting current AIAN health professions students, residents and faculty.
We expand our efforts by deepening or creating programs that get current students and residents out to tribal communities. Gaining a greater understanding of tribal and rural health issues for all health professionals is key to our vision.
By actively engaging regional tribal communities in our work, we are strengthening our understanding of what’s needed in those communities. In order to heal, first we must listen.
For general inquiries: NativeHealth@ohsu.edu
Director: Erik Brodt, MD (Ojibwe)
Program Manager: Marissa Fuqua Miller
Project Coordinator, Tribal Engagement & Native Scholar Enrichment: Dove Spector (Nez Perce)
Project Coordinator, Native Health Scientist Enrichment: Rosa Frutos, MSW (Warm Springs)
The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence at Oregon Health & Science University will comprehensively and sustainably address the health care needs of all people by increasing Native American voice in the U.S. health professions workforce.
Through innovative collaboration between OHSU, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and Portland State University, The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence (NNACOE) is dedicated to recruiting, training and retaining AIAN individuals in the health professions. We accomplish this utilizing several approaches, from youth outreach via the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, We R Native and We Are Healers, to current or prospective medical students via our education programs and Wy’East post baccalaureate initiative. We also offer support and resources to current native faculty and enrich our relationship with the native community through Tribal Engagement.