girls talking at Indigenous Health and Wellness Day


Since 2012, Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP) has provided a supportive, mentoring environment for Indigenous health professional students at UW–Madison, with the ultimate goal of improving the health and well-being of Native people and communities.

Enrichment and Outreach

NACHP serves students in all health professions, including the schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine. We enrich students’ experiences through events, mentoring and educational opportunities. We also engage with our tribal communities through outreach and clinic work.

Mission and Vision

Established in 2012 by Erik Brodt, MD, an Ojibwe family medicine physician, the mission of NACHP is to enhance the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of Native American health professional students and to promote health education, research and community-academic partnerships with Native communities.

NACHP will achieve its mission through five primary objectives:

  • Enhance recruitment of Native students to UW health professional schools and programs
  • Improve the Native health professional student experience
  • Establish and enhance Native health education opportunities
  • Recruit, retain and develop Native faculty
  • Grow Native health academic programs in research and education with tribal communities

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Native Connections

NACHP hosts an advisory council of more than 25 dedicated Native American health professionals, and we encourage you to meet the members and learn more about becoming affiliated with NACHP. You can also connect with Native groups on campus and in the community.


NACHP works with partners and programs across campus and the state to improve health outcomes in Native communities and to recruit and support future indigenous health care providers.

NACHP team at Oneida

Wisconsin Tribes

Through partnership, we create opportunities

WARM program students conducting an outdoor rescue simulation

Rural Medicine

Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) trains students to improve health in rural communities

Man riding a bike in Milwaukee

Urban Medicine

Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) is a track within the MD program

Students from the Health Professions Shadowing Program practice surgery skills

Premed Pathway

Rural and Urban Scholars in Community Health (RUSCH) is a pathway for WARM and TRIUMPH

Pathway students smiling and holding a dry erase board that says "Future Doctor"

High School Pathways

Health Occupation and Professions Exploration (HOPE) provides education and career guidance

OMA BEAM Program group

Diversity and PD

The Office of Multicultural Affairs for Health Professions Learners promotes diversity and professional development

Danielle Yancey smiling
Our staff bring their whole hearts to this work.

Danielle Yancey, Menominee and Santee Sioux Nations, NACHP Director

NACHP's Logo

Our logo is a source of inspiration. The NACHP logo incorporates elements from Native cultures in Wisconsin.

Learn about the symbolism in NACHP's logo
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