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801 Thompson Ave
TMP-450
Rockville, MD 20852-1627

INMED: Jackie.Santiago@ihs.gov

INPSYC: Michael.Berryhill@ihs.gov

NURSING: Naomi.aspaas@ihs.gov



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DHPS GRANTS Educating, Recruiting and Retaining Health Professionals to Serve
in Indian Health Care Settings

Grant programs administered through the Indian Health Service (IHS) are designated partnerships between academic institutions and federal agencies for the purpose of training American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health care professionals to serve in Indian health programs. These competitive five-year grant programs encourage AI/AN people to enter health care professions and help pave the way for their service in IHS and AI/AN communities.

Americans Indians into Nursing Program (Section 112)
American Indians into Medicine Program (Section 114)
American Indians into Psychology Program (Section 217)

Quentin N. Burdick American Indians into Nursing Program (Section 112)

This program is authorized under Section 112 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The purpose of the Nursing Grant Program is to increase the number of nurses, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, and nurse practitioners who deliver health care services to Native American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. The primary objectives of this grant award:

  1. To recruit and train AI/AN individuals to be nurses (Graduate and Undergraduate)
  2. To provide scholarships to AI/AN individuals enrolled in schools of nursing
  3. To provide a program that encourages AI/AN nurses (Graduate and Undergraduate) to provide or continue to provide, health care services in AI/AN health care programs
  4. To provide a program that increases the skills of, and provides continuing education to AI/AN nurses

For more information on Americans Indians into Nursing Program (Section 112):

Arizona State University
College of Nursing & Health Innovation
American Indian Students United for Nursing (ASUN)
Stephen Livingston
(602) 496-0710
(602) 496-0889
Fax: (602)496-2405

Montana State University
Caring For Our Own (Co-op)
Interim Assistant Director
Dr. Megkian Doyle
(406) 994-2710

University of North Dakota
College of Nursing
Recruitment/Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN)
Deb Wilson
(701) 777-4519


Oglala Lakota College
Pejuta Waste
Joan Nelson, MSN, RN, Chair
(605) 867-5856

Salish Kootenai College of Nursing
Pathways to Indian Nursing Education
Katherine M. Willock PhD, RN
(406) 275-4800 ext. 4921
(406) 275-4806


American Indians into Medicine Program (Section 114)

The American Indians into Medicine Program (INMED) aids AI/AN college students preparing for health care careers. INMED raises student awareness of health care career possibilities and provides resources such as tutoring, career counseling, scholarship and financial aid-application assistance as well as summer educational sessions and travel grants for health conference expenses.

INMED is administered through the University of Arizona and the University of North Dakota. Since 2004, more than 400 students at these schools have benefited from the diverse offerings of this program. In addition, INMED staff from both schools also participated in outreach efforts to surrounding Tribes and schools, distributing information about INMED, the universities themselves and careers in health care.

For more information on INMED programs, contact:

University of Arizona

520-318-7280

University of North Dakota
Gene Delorme
701-777-3037


American Indians into Psychology Program (Section 217)

The American Indians into Psychology Program (INPSYC) was established in response to the need for well-trained clinical psychologists of AI/AN descent. INPSYC provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing psychology degrees, and furnishes in-the-field training opportunities in Indian communities to graduate students in clinical psychology.

INPSYC is administered through Oklahoma State University, the University of North Dakota and the University of Montana.

For more information on INPSYC programs, contact:

Oklahoma State University
John M. Chaney, Ph.D.
405-659-1928

The University of Montana
Gyda Swaney, Ph.D.
406-243-5630

University of North Dakota
Justin McDonald, Ph.D.
701-777-4497