Two Native American Med Students - Green Jobs Initiative
The Students Also Attended Traditional Honoring Ceremony, Saturday, May 16, 11:30am to 1:30 p.m.
Two Native American students are among the graduating members of The University of Arizona College of Medicine Class of 2009 who will be staying in Arizona for their residency training, a major step in building a medical career.
The Class of 2009 includes 123 graduates -- 65 women and 58 men. About half will remain in Arizona for their residencies, which vary in length according to specialty, from three years for general medicine/family practice specialties to eight years for the most specialized of surgeons. Forty-three students will go into primary care.
Two Native American students in the Class of 2009, Stephanie (Gauby) Augustine and Erica Lindsey, will pursue residencies in family medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.
Stephanie, Navajo, is from Grand Falls, Ariz. As a high school student, she participated in the UA College of Medicine’s Med-Start summer program, which encourages Arizona high school students -- particularly rural, minority and economically disadvantaged students -- to pursue health-care careers. As a UA undergraduate, she participated in the UA College of Medicine’s Minority Medical Education Program (MMEP), which helps promising, highly motivated minority college students gain admission to medical schools. During medical school, she served in various positions in the Association of Native American Medical Students.
Erica, Cherokee, went to high school in Rock Point, Ariz. As a UA undergraduate, she participated in the UA College of Medicine’s Minority Medical Education Program (MMEP), which helps promising, highly motivated minority college students gain admission to medical schools. During medical school, she participated in the College’s Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) program and was honored at a Medical Student Awards Ceremony for her volunteer service at the Nogales Pediatric Clinic. A member of the Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS), she received the ANAMS’s fourth-year scholarship based on her commitment to the association and to Native American health issues.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, only 0.9 percent of the 67,466 medical students in the United States are of American Indian descent.
Both students attended the Traditional Honoring Ceremony, Saturday, May 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Kiewit Auditorium, Arizona Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson. The annual event celebrates the accomplishments of graduating American Indian/Alaskan Native students of the UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
The students, their families and friends; Arizona Health Sciences Center faculty, administration and staff; American Indian Tribal representatives; and American Indian alumni partake in an American Indian ceremony offered by a local traditional healer.
The Traditional Honoring Ceremony is coordinated by the UA Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs and the UA-Inter Tribal Council of Arizona Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Program, with support from Michael Stoklos and the Stoklos Native American Health Education Fund (http://inmed.fcm.arizona.edu/stoklos.htm) at the UA.
Special thanks to Yvette Roubideaux MD, MPH, recently appointed director of the Indian Health Service, and former director, UA-ITCA INMED, and assistant professor, UA Department of Family and Community Medicine; Pascua Yaqui tribe member and traditional healer Pete Flores and family, Albert Sombrero and family, and Carlos Gonzales, MD, UA clinical associate professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, and family.
Other graduating American Indian students are (* indicates they attended the Traditional Honoring Ceremony):
* Karla Baning, Lumbee, MSN, UA College of Nursing
* Courtney Clark, PharmD, UA College of Pharmacy
* Lana Fred*, Navajo/Hopi, MPH, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
* Naomi Lord, Chemehuevi, BSN, UA College of Nursing
* Gloria Powell, BSN, UA College of Nursing
* Maylynn Riding In*, Pawnee, Santa Ana Pueblo, MPH, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
* Sheralyn Williams*, Gila River, MPH, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Contact Jean Spinelli
For more information about the Traditional Honoring Ceremony, contact the UA Office of Multicultural Affairs,
(520) 621-5531, (800) 841-5948,
or visit the Office’s Web site:
http://www.diversity.medicine.arizona.edu/ and click on “Traditional Honoring Ceremony” under “Upcoming Events.”
California Indian Manpower Consortium Announces Green Jobs Initiative
Initiative aims to bring green jobs to California's tribal lands
SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 12 -- The California Indian Manpower Consortium (CIMC) - a non-profit corporation dedicated to the purpose of working for the social welfare, educational and economic advancement of California Native Americans - today announced an initiative to bring green jobs to California's tribal communities.
Under the new initiative, CIMC will be looking to develop relationships with government entities, non-profit organizations, and public and private companies who are looking to develop environmentally friendly programs and/or technologies.
Under the program, CIMC will be helping empower local tribal communities to take leadership roles in restoring the land, air and water of not only their tribal lands, but for the greater community as a whole."Native American tribes across California are willing and eager to participate in our country's emerging green economy," said Lorenda Sanchez, Executive Director of CIMC. "It is only fitting that the communities who first inhabited our country are being returned to the role of its steward to help preserve it for future generations."
According to new government data, renewable energy and energy efficiency programs will create millions of new jobs in the United States over the next decade. Specifically, the data cites that we could have 37 million jobs in our national economy in energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2030 - or approximately one out of every five jobs in the American economy."
Fundamental changes are coming in the American energy economy, and we need to have a serious discussion of how tribes, as governments, fit into making these changes happen," said Sanchez. "We are ready to draw from our traditional place as stewards of the earth and transfer these principles into solutions to our world's environmental problems.”
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