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Native American Heritage Month

WSU Health Sciences is celebrating Native American Heritage Month throughout November

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the original caretakers of our land and highlight the important role Native Americans have played in our region’s history.

At WSU Health Sciences Spokane, our robust Native American Health Sciences program strives to connect the health sciences to Native students from across the region and state. The Native American Health Sciences program does this through outreach events like the Na-ha-shnee Summer Institute, Native STEAM Summer Research Institute, INMED RISE Summer Academy (in conjunction with the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine), and more.

There are a number of events this month to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and to educate the public about the impact Native people have had on our region.

Wy’East Pathway Program Aids Prospective Medical Students

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine joined with WSU Native American Health Sciences and Oregon Health & Science University’s 10-month Wy’East pathway program that helps Native students in the medical school preparation process.

This summer, WSU hosted two students in the pathway program:

Alexandra JonesAlexandra Jones
My name is Alexandra Jones. I grew up in the suburbs of Seattle and want to return to practice family medicine or pediatrics in the Pacific Northwest. I am an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

I have known for a long time that I wanted to work in health care determined that being a physician would be the best way for me to use my talents to give back to the communities that gave so much to me. I did my undergraduate education at Brigham Young University in Microbiology and Spanish.

During my time in Utah, I participated in a molecular biology lab researching a novel antibiotic. I also worked for a year as a cardiology scribe. I am currently in the Wy’east Post-baccalaureate Pathway with the opportunity to attend WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in 2021.

WSU ESFCOM’s focus on educating Washingtonian physicians to serve WA’s underserved and rural communities aligns with my personal goals as a future doctor, and I am excited to work with the wonderful faculty and staff in Spokane.

Mary BrewerMary Brewer
My name is Mary Brewer. I grew up in Tacoma and I aspire to be a physician who provides care to minority populations and the underserved in Washington state. I am an enrolled member of the Nooksack Indian Tribe of Washington.

My path thus far includes an undergraduate degree in cell and molecular biology from the University of Washington, several years working for the Department of Veterans Affairs working with injured and disabled veterans, job shadowing at the Seattle Indian Health Board and with Dr. Frank James in Bellingham. I was also fortunate to participate this summer in the RISE program. I am currently in the Wy’east Post-baccalaureate Pathway with the opportunity to attend WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in 2021.

I like WSU’s mission to serve the underserved in Washington state. I also like their community-based model and the fact they have training opportunities throughout the state of Washington. Five years from now, I truly believe I’ll be in my residency program, learning as much as I can to better help my community.