About Us

Our office of NAHS and the CNAH are located on the WSU Spokane campus, along the Spokane River, and upon the original homelands of the Spokane Tribe of Indians. Since its inception in 2007, WSU NAHS has been blessed to run both the Na-ha-shnee Summer Institute that serves Native American youth interested in health occupations, and an annual academic retention program that has helped support the graduation of almost 70 Native American nurses. In addition to being responsible for helping the health science colleges recruit the number of Native American’s entering the health care workforce, the mission and work of NAHS and CNAH, have expanded to:

  • Culturally embedding and teaching indigenous healing perspectives through newly developed curriculum and clinical education modalities to counterbalance western forms of medical and health education with traditional understandings and perspectives, toward equitable Indigenous patient care.
  • Providing a space for tribal community health initiatives through our land-grant mission focused in planning, training, facilitation, support, and collaboration with tribal nation partners and affiliates.