New Nursing and Dental Hygiene Programs Funded at Salish Kootenai

Nov 15th, 1989 | By | Category: 1-3: Students: Coming In, Building Skills, Moving On, Tribal College News

The W.K. Kellogg Founda­tion has awarded a four-year $964,044 grant to support new nursing and dental hygiene programs at Salish Kootenai College in western Montana.

The grant will help support instructor and staff salaries during the startup period and will provide stipends to Indian nursing students. In addition, retention counseling, tutoring and travel assistance to clinic sites will be funded through the grant.

College President Joseph McDonald says there is an urgent need to increase the number of American Indians in the health care professions.

There is a critical shortage of Native Americans in nursing and in all of the allied health fields,” McDonald says. “Hos­pitals and clinics in rural areas of Indian Country have great difficulty recruiting health care staff.”

The goal of the Kellogg Foundation grant is to help get trained Indian health care people out into the Indian communities to assist in the critical health care situation among Indian people.

Based in Battle Creek, Michigan, the foundation is among the largest private philanthropic organizations in the world. It supports pro­grams in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and southern Africa.

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