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Native American Health Sciences

Learn about the Center for Native American Health

WSU Spokane Native American Health Sciences recently opened the Center for Native American Health, a place where all students can come to learn about indigenous health care, get academic support, and learn from each other.

Sign up to tour the Center for Native American Health.

The Center hosted an official blessing on Aug. 6, 2021.

We acknowledge the land on which we sit and occupy today as the traditional home of the Spokane tribal nation. We take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land.

About Us

Washington State University’s Native American Health Sciences (NAHS) offers almost a dozen pathway and support programs meant to recruit, matriculate, and help Native American students succeed, who are entering into health care fields of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, nutrition and exercise physiology, speech and hearing sciences, clinical psychology, veterinary medicine, and other allied health sciences. Although WSU NAHS is housed on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus, we serve students, staff and faculty across our five campuses, and tribes across the Pacific Northwest. A new Center for Native American Health, meant to provide an indigenous cultural learning and support environment for students, will open in January 2021.

Na-ha-shnee STEAM Summer Institute

Learn about the Na-ha-shnee STEAM Summer Institute.

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Culture as Medicine

The 2021 Native American Health Sciences newsletter showcases the amazing work done virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the distance, Native American Health Sciences was able to successfully host multiple events and offer research opportunities for medical students.

Read all about it here.

Student Spotlights

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

Hannah Smith, Speech and Hearing Sciences

Aidan McCrum, Nursing

Board Members

Learn about the Native American Health Sciences Advisory Board.


Indigenous leader works to improve access to health care

Advancing Native American health sciences
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Indigenous health program receives $250,000 grant for clinical simulation space

Indigenous-developed simulation space planned for WSU Spokane with Bank of America grant
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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