Programming and Initiatives
Tribal Health Scholars
This externship program will introduce AI/AN youth to the culture of healthcare and future career possibilities. The externship will support up to five students per community to work one hour weekly for 16 weeks in their local tribal health clinic. Once per year representatives from OHSU will conduct a community site visit to each of these five tribal sites to present the We Are Healers resource kit to AI/AN youth and encourage the Health Scholars to share their experiences.
Health Pathway Coach
Increase participation of AI/AN youth in existing enrichment opportunities by focusing our recruitment activities and conducting follow up with these learners using a “health pathway coach.” We will conduct coaching interactions in-person and across media platforms preferred and actively used by AI/AN students.
Director of Tribal Engagement
The Director of Tribal Engagement will serve as an ambassador, navigating and strengthening important partnerships between OHSU, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, the Indian Health Service, and Tribal Nations. The Tribal Engagement team will attend regional meetings with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and Portland Area Indian Health Service to build awareness of the work of the Center and to seek input and feedback from tribal leaders on all aspects of the Center. The Director’s work will permeate and enhance nearly all components of the Center’s activities. In particular, expanded relationships with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and Tribal Nations will improve access for students and faculty to ongoing research projects.