Northwest Native American Center of Excellence

Many OHSU faculty members, including Amanda Bruegl, M.D. (Oneida and Stockbridge-Munsee nations), director of tribal engagement, NNACOE; assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, OHSU School of Medicine, are among those ready to serve.

The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence at OHSU 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, we will meet the following objectives:

  • Recruit, train and retain American Indian and Alaska Native persons in the health professions schools and workforce to promote and provide high quality, safe, accessible, and culturally humble health care.
  • Train tomorrow's health professions workforce in minority health issues, in health equity and social determinants of health.
  • Enhance and expand tribal-academic partnerships in order to meet the research needs of tribal communities.

The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence at OHSU is made possible through a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the OHSU School of Medicine and the support of all 43 Pacific Northwest tribes.

“American Indian and Alaska Native people face significant health disparities, which is further jeopardized by a shortage of health care professionals who come from these communities. We aim to change that.”

Dr. Erik Brodt, Director, Northwest Native American Center of Excellence, and Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, OHSU School of Medicine