Oneida Stroke Clinic team

Tribal Partners

In keeping with the Wisconsin Idea, the Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP) has partnerships across UW-Madison and throughout Wisconsin. 

The success of NACHP comes from the great work we do with our partners. We continue to build new partnerships and sustain current relationships with tribal communities and entities in Wisconsin.

Through a partnership agreement with the Oneida Nation, NACHP’s Tribal Engagement Office (TEO) is located within the Oneida Community Health Center and is staffed by NACHP Assistant Director Melissa Metoxen. The goal of the TEO is to have visibility in our communities and to cultivate and sustain tribal-academic partnerships.

We have formal agreements with these tribal communities, organizations and entities:

  • Bad River Health and Wellness Center
  • Forest County Potawatomi Health Division
  • Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Peter Christensen Health Center, Lac du Flambeau
  • Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
  • Oneida Nation Community Health Center
  • St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin Tribal Health Center
  • Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Community Health Center
  • Red Cliff Community Health Center
  • Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center

These partnerships help NACHP connect students, faculty and community members through mutually beneficial opportunities:

  • Tribal clinic rotations allow students to learn from providers in a tribal community setting and understand the importance of culturally appropriate health care
  • Research partnerships, like the stroke prevention study in the Oneida community, shed new light on challenges and allow for important community academic partnerships to develop ways of disease prevention
  • Community members add valuable perspective as members of advisory committees for NACHP
  • Recruitment of Native students from tribal communities helps increase medical school applications and ultimately helps build a workforce of Indigenous health care professionals
  • NACHP participates in many tribal-sponsored programs and events
Mercedes Williams smiling while wrapped in a NACHP graduation ceremony blanket
I recently completed a preceptorship at the Ho-Chunk Nation tribal clinic. . . The opportunity to serve and learn from the Ho-Chunk people was an incredible experience and reinforced my desire to serve Indian Country.

Mercedes Williams, MD, Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) '18, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa