Students holding up sticks at Indigenous Health and Wellness Day

Pre-College Students

Our recruitment efforts aim to show young people that a career in the health professions can be a deeply rewarding path.

The health care workforce needs more Indigenous people. Recruiting young scholars is part of the the Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP) mission. We strive to demonstrate that careers in the health professions can bring personal fulfillment as well as improve health outcomes for Native communities.

Becoming a health professional is a long path, so we start early. We are out in the community meeting with students as young as middle school to help them learn about health sciences careers and required training. We meet with families, provide information on scholarships and communicate the ways that our center supports students once they arrive at UW–Madison.

Rather than separate steps, we see a circle of interconnections.

Join Us on Campus

On Indigenous Health and Wellness Day we welcome around 100 Wisconsin middle and high school students to Madison for a fun day of learning about the health sciences. Registration is required.

Read about the 2024 Indigenous Health and Wellness Day

Pre-College Partner Programs

Our staff travel across the state, holding presentations at schools and community centers. Look for our NACHP sign at health fairs in tribal communities. If you are in middle school or high school, we encourage you to explore these events and programs where you can meet our staff and learn more about the health professions:

NACHP In Person

Would you like NACHP to visit your program or community? Would you like to come meet us at our recruitment events around the state?

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Interested in Health Careers?

Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) is a great resource. AHEC offers programs for high school students interested in health careers.