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We work with prospective students, current students and health professionals to serve as a central location for opportunities of growth, professional development, mentorship, research and support. 

We focus on five primary objectives as part of our mission:

  1. Enhance recruitment of Native students to UW health professional schools and programs
  2. Improve the Native health professional student experience
  3. Establish and enhance Native health education opportunities
  4. Recruit, retain and develop Native faculty
  5. Grow Native health academic programs, in both research and education, with tribal communities

We are healers - these are our stories

American Indians face some of the most striking health disparities of any racial or ethnic group, but there are relatively few Native health providers. We Are Healers is changing this by increasing the number of American Indian health professionals who provide culturally appropriate, high quality health care to our communities.
Lakita recently became the first in her family to earn a bachelor's degree, and now she's aiming even higher. As a student in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine, she hopes to work as a family medicine physician within a tribal community.

For students

We offer innovative ways to continue to enhance our pathways of Native health professional students, as well as keep students connected to Native health and wellness issues.

Outreach and engagement

Who we are

In the news

First students graduate from Native American recruitment and retention program

05/29/2019 (School of Nursing)

Just two years after launching a new project designed to increase the number of Native American nurses in the workforce, the School of Nursing has graduated two students from the Success Through Recruitment/Retention, Engagement, and Mentorship program.

Native American representation in medicine crucial to combating public health disparities, report suggests

02/19/2019 (Badger Herald)

A new report examines how Native American representation in health care affects enrollment rates in medical schools.

NACHP student speaks at national conference

10/01/2018 (Nation's Health)

Jennifer Meylor, a third-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, spoke at the American Indian and Alaska Native Physicians Summit in Washington, D.C.

Opioid abuse and viral infections: UW SMPH support of rural prevention programs

09/17/2018 (UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research)

A researcher's work with the Native American Center for Health Professions and Collaborative Center for Health Equity is an exciting case study of the efficiencies and partnerships that can result when investigators are willing to prepare for working in community settings in advance.

Native American Center for Health Professions graduate is Seattle-bound for residency

06/28/2018 (Madison365)

Alex Kivimaki will work with the Seattle Indian Health Board's clinic and other medical facilities.

Native American Center for Health Professions and Oneida Nation receive UW community partnership award

06/22/2018 (UW-Madison)

The partnership between the North American Center for Health Professions and Oneida Nation was one of seven to receive the award during the June 27 ceremony.

Kivimaki finds his passion in the medical field

04/05/2018 (Kalihwisaks, page 2)

Fourth-year medical student Alex Kivimaki's bright future includes plans to care for Native populations after residency.

Steinfeldt set to practice pediatrics

02/15/2018 (Kalihwisaks, page 2)

Medical student Andrew Steinfeldt, an Oneida Nation citizen, talks about the journey that led him to pursue a career in medicine.
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