About us

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, we will meet the following objectives:

  • Recruit, train and retain American Indians and Alaska Natives into health professions
  • Train tomorrow's health professions workforce in American Indian and Alaska Native health issues.
  • Enhance and expand tribal-academic partnerships in education, research, and service.

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.

“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 

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