MISSOULA – The Native American Center of Excellence, a program housed within the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the University of Montana, is traveling the state to share educational and career opportunities in health and medicine with high school students and tribal college staff.
In partnership with We Are Montana in the Classroom and ImProving Health Among Rural Montanans Program (IPHARM), the Native American Center of Excellence will promote UM’s new Health & Medicine initiative with high school students Monday and Tuesday, April 25-26. The tour will start in Lame Deer and continue to Hardin.
The schedule follows:
- Monday, April 25: Chief Dull Knife College and Lame Deer High School
- Monday, April 25: 4:30-7 p.m. Social for high school teachers and tribal college faculty and staff members, Uberbrew Brewery, located at 2305 Montana Ave. in Billings.
- Tuesday, April 26: Little Big Horn College and Hardin High School
Two staff members from UM’s College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences and two UM pharmacy students will lead hands-on activities and demonstrations and serve as higher education and career role models for high school students. Additionally, they will meet with faculty members and students at Chief Dull Knife College and Little Big Horn College. The group includes Shane Sangrey, Native American Center of Excellence student resource adviser, and Rory Johnson, IPHARM clinical specialist.
“We’re completely humbled by both the Lame Deer and Crow communities for accommodating us, and we are excited to share with their students the wonderful opportunities and rewarding career paths that await them in the health professions at the University of Montana,” said Sangrey, who is coordinating the tour.
This tour is sponsored by the Native American Center of Excellence.
The mission of the Native American Center of Excellence is to facilitate the identification, recruitment, retention and professional development of American Indian/Alaska Native students who are interested in pursuing careers in pharmacy and/or health care delivery. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, NACOE offers a wide variety of activities and programs that contribute to the students’ overall academic performance and development. NACOE also is dedicated to increasing the number of American Indian faculty members in schools of pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences.