About us

The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence (NNACoE) works to sustainably address the health care needs of all people by increasing the number of AI/ANs in the U.S. health professions workforce.

We accomplish this by:

  • Recruiting the next generation. We inspire Native youth to nurture their identity as future healers. We use digital stories, text mentorship, and clinical shadowing to explore health careers.

  • Training tomorrow’s leaders. We prepare the Native health leader of tomorrow. We equip students for medical school through a 10-month culturally rooted pathway.

  • Retaining a vibrant community. We create an Indigenous learning community for Natives to ascend in medicine. We provide opportunities for connection through innovative coursework & career development.

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 tribes in the Pacific Northwest.

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