As a family medicine physician who is Ojibwe, Erik Brodt, M.D., is addressing American Indian and Alaska Native health equity by forging multiple efforts to increase Native American representation in the U.S. health care workforce.
He is the founding director of the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence at OHSU, which inspires and trains Native youth on their path toward careers in health care, and supports the development and advancement of Native faculty at academic health centers. Perhaps the center’s best-known initiative is the Wy’east Post-Baccalaureate Pathway, a rigorous 10-month curriculum that prepares Native Americans to successfully enter medical school.
In 2021, Brodt was elected to the National Academy of Medicine out of recognition for his leadership in developing the American Indian and Alaska Native health workforce and medical education epidemiology specific to this niche.
Brodt cares for patients at OHSU, as well as at the Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon. He is board certified in family medicine.
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