On Sunday, March 13, 2016, the Wisconsin State Journal profiled students and faculty affiliated with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s (SMPH) Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP).
Pictured and quoted in the article was the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s (DFMCH) Christine Athmann, MD, MHA, who is the NACHP’s assistant director. Dr. Athmann, who grew up on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota, hosts monthly “family dinners” for Native American students in UW’s medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, nursing and pharmacy programs.
“Native folks do better, are more responsive and engaged, when they have Native American health professionals taking care of them,” she said in the article. “Trying to recruit, support and culturally competently train Native American health professionals is a pretty important aspect of improving health care on these reservations.”