Medical Industry? How to Get Involved

Are You Interested in the Medical Industry? How to Get Involved

Are You Interested in the Medical Industry? How to Get Involved

Chapa-De Indian Health Auburn Grass Valley | Medical Clinic

The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to show the important role that healthcare workers play in supporting the health and safety of our communities. This is especially true for Native communities. Native people have seen some of the highest rates of COVID-19. The pandemic has highlighted the need for increasing access to quality and culturally competent healthcare services. 

The medical industry has many different areas. There are a lot of job types available, with a variety of education and experience levels needed. From doctors and nurses to administration and janitorial staff, everyone plays a big part. If you are considering joining the medical industry, we encourage you to learn more!

American Indians & Alaska Natives in the Medical Industry

According to a 2018 report by the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education, only 3,400 physicians in the United States are American Indian or Alaska Native. For a population of an estimated 5.2 million people, that is a very low number of physicians.

Improving access to culturally appropriate medical care for Native communities is very important. One way to do that is through encouraging medical industry careers for Native peoples. Native doctors are more likely to choose jobs that serve other Native patients.


Financial barriers are often a concern for Native people interested in pursuing healthcare careers.  There are many funding opportunities available for Native students. One great resource is the American Indian College Fund. The American Indian College Fund is the nation’s largest Native-run charity supporting Native student access to higher education. The organization is committed to helping Native students graduate and find success in their careers.

To learn more about the American Indian College Fund, click HERE.

For more information about Chapa-De Indian Health, call our Auburn location at (530) 887-2800 or our Grass Valley location at (530) 477-8545 or visit us online at


Chapa-De provides medical care, dental care, optometry, behavioral health, pharmacy services and much more.

Serving all American Indian, Low Income and Limited Income Community Members