The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) selected Kesha L. Ping, a student at Chelsea High School, as one of 60 Native American high school students nationwide to attend the National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI) held in Washington DC in June.

The week included field trips to the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, Indian Health Service, Office of Minority Health, and Capitol Hill. In addition, speakers from national organizations informed the students of various scholarship and health career opportunities available to them.

AAIP physician members shared their experiences on becoming a health career professional and served as role models.

The NNAYI scholarship is designed to encourage high school students to pursue health careers in an effort to eliminate health disparities within American Indian/Alaskan Native communities.