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Medtronic grant supports American Indian program

A two-year, $150,000 grant from the Medtronic Foundation will help the University’s Center of American Indian and Minority Health (CAIMH) continue to encourage Native American students to enter careers in medicine.

“We truly appreciate the Medtronic Foundation’s gift and leadership,” says CAIMH director Joy Dorscher, M.D. ” With Medtronic’s help, we can continue to educate Native American students and encourage them to return to their communities to deliver culturally sensitive medicine.”

The grant is part of Medtronic Foundation’s Health in the Community program, which supports organizations that provide health care and promote healthy lifestyles to the socio-economically disadvantaged.

“We actively support health programs that make a difference at the local level, especially in communities where people do not have equal access to health care,” says David Etzwiler, executive director of the Medtronic Foundation.

One of four Native American Centers of Excellence nationwide, CAIMH lost more than $1 million in federal funding in 2006 because of budget cuts.

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