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Native American Health Sciences

About Us

Since 1995, WSU Health Sciences Spokane has been active in recruiting Native Americans students to health care fields through these two programs – a student recruitment and retention program, and a two-week summer institute for Native American high school students.

Pre-Health Bridge Workshop: Nov. 7, 12 – 4 p.m.

Hosted by the Washington State University Native American Health Sciences Program, this workshop is a one day online (virtual) experience for pre-health students who plan to attend medical, nursing, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, veterinary, speech and hearing, nutrition and exercise physiology, clinical psychology, prevention science and allied health, within the next four years. Students will meet various faculty, staff, and current students within some of these programs, and learn about application tips as well as research, experiential, and other unique professional opportunities to advance their application and career.

Each student receives a $100.00 Amazon gift card once completing this workshop. Find more information here and apply here.

Questions? Contact Evanlene Melting Tallow.

2020 Na-ha-shnee Summer Institute and Native STEAM Institute Combined Into One Online Event

Due to the current COVID-19 public health emergency, Native American Health Sciences has adapted our summer Institutes to distance learning experience to ensure that we offer our students access to these learning experiences while keeping our tribal communities safe and healthy. Our office has decided to combine the Na-ha-shnee Health Sciences Institute and the Native STEAM Summer Research Institute into one program called “Na’ha’shnee STEAM Health Institute”


INMED Reimagine Indians Into Medicine (RISE)

June 22 – July 31, 2020

The RISE Summer Academy, a six-week program, will be open to 15 American Indian Alaskan Native (AIAN) enrolled members of federally recognized tribes or descendants.

Focus of the RISE Summer Academy:

  • MCAT Prep
  • Supplemental Basic Science Refresher
  • Cultural Engagement and Community Building
  • Medical Student Mentors

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Student Spotlights

Learn about some of our Native students!
Find all Student Spotlights here.

Lauren SanfordLauren Sanford
Graduate Student, Speech and Hearing Sciences



Native American Recruitment and Retention Program

nahashnee.feature2The Native American Recruitment and Retention Program (NARR) was implemented at WSU in 1995 to increase the number of Native American nurses. The program successfully contributed to the graduation of more than 60 nurses during its first 18 years, and had recruited Native American students to pursue the highest levels of nursing degrees available (Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing). After graduation, most nurses returned to their tribes or went to work in clinical settings that predominately serve Native Americans.

Today, the NARR program has expanded its focus to increase the number of Native American students entering all health science careers.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine boasts the Indians into Medicine Program (INMED).

Board Members

Learn about the Native American Health Sciences Advisory Board.


Flour Sacks: A Memoir
By Naomi Bender for Washington State Magazine

Good medicine
By Brian Clark for Washington State Magazine

Reimagine Indians into Medicine: 15 students to be given upper hand for med school
By Loren Negron, The Daily Evergreen

WSU works to become more welcoming to Native students on its Spokane campus
By Doug Nadvornick, Spokane Public Radio

Changing the face of health care
By WSU News