Diversity and Inclusion News

Success Story: Ron West

Why did you choose your specific health professional career? The reason I chose my specific career had to do with a challenge I faced. I was a gymnast when I was younger but I suffered an injury and I had to do physical therapy.


Success Story: Rinda Hathcoat

Why did you choose your specific health professional career? In high school, I attended a three week health careers workshop at Middle Tennessee State University.


Success Story: Pauletta Chief

Why did you choose your specific health professional career? I chose this profession because of the high prevalence of diabetes among Native Americans.


Success Story: Patricia Nez Henderson

Why did you choose your specific health professional career? For the past ten years I have worked in tobacco control and prevention. I enjoy every aspect of my work because it allows me to work directly with Native American communities while using all the skills I have learned in medicine and public health.


Success Story: Pamela Daychild

Why did you choose your specific health professional career? I choose the area of pediatrics due to my interest in the health care needs of children. During my youth, I recall not seeing many Native Americans in the health field, especially as physicians.


Success Story: Norma Walks

Why did you choose your specific health professional career? I chose surgery because I like how surgeons approach problems; it fit well with my methods of problem solving and it is a very practical, concrete way to deal with complex medical issues


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