Native American Health

Native American Center for Health Professions


The UW Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP) was established within CCHE in December, 2012, by Founding Director Erik Brodt, MD, to grow the number of Native American health professionals. The Center is now led by Jacquelynn D. Arbuckle, MD, and is housed under SMPH Academic Affairs. The NACHP vision is to improve the health and wellness of American Indian people. They focus on five primary objectives as part of their mission:

  • 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 both research and education, with tribal communities

To learn more please contact NACHP at and visit the NACHP website!
Check out NACHP’s We Are Healers initiative as well!

Read a March 2016 Wisconsin State Journal feature on NACHP’s recruitment efforts, here.
Read a December 2015 Wisc News piece on some of NACHP’s efforts, here.


Indigenous Health and Wellness Day

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The Annual Indigenous Health and Wellness Day (IWHD) is a three day event, held  in Madison with programming both at Madison College and on the UW Madison campus. This event reflects an 11-year partnership between UW-SMPH and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC).  To date, the IHWD program has provided hundreds of Wisconsin’s American Indian/Alaskan Native high school and junior high students exposure to college and careers in health and science.  The program has evolved over the years in response to increasing numbers of participants, new program sponsorship and attendee evaluations.

For more information about IHWD please contact NACHP Associate Student Services Coordinator Lina Martin at