PNWU Officials Visit Washington D.C. With Roots to Wings Students for NIH Internship

Front row Left:  Dr. Bilsky, Dr. Ramos-Diaz, JoAnne Compo Back Row Left: Alex Ryder OMS IV, Andrew Gray, OMS IV, Dr. Scandalis, Mary Kelley, OMS IV, Cole Dittentholer, Lydia Albjerg, OMS IV, General Council Chair of the Yakama Nation Mr. Davis Washines.
Front row Left:  Dr. Bilsky, Dr. Ramos-Diaz, JoAnne Compo Back Row Left: Alex Ryder OMS IV, Andrew Gray, OMS IV, Dr. Scandalis, Mary Kelley, OMS IV, Cole Dittentholer, Lydia Albjerg, OMS IV, General Council Chair of the Yakama Nation Mr. Davis Washines.

Pacific Northwest University officials are in Washington, D.C. with Roots to Wing Students who will be serving internships at the National Institute of Health this summer. Officials are taking advantage of the time in the nation’s capital to meeting with various politicians and key individuals who can help advance the program and the mission of PNWU.

A health sciences education pathway program, Roots to Wings was started in September, 2013 to serve Native American and Hispanic students between grades seven and twelve attending the Mt. Adams School District (MASD) and the Yakama Nation Tribal School (YNTS) located in southern Washington. MASD, YNTS, Heritage University and PNWU students all collaborate with “Roots to Wings” students, exploring learning, learning about cultures and embracing bright futures. 

Tribal Elder and General Council Chair of the Yakama Nation Mr. Davis Washines was able to join the trip and gain firsthand knowledge about the success of the young students.