UNM Health Sciences American Indian Student Centers

The UNM Health Sciences Center for Native American Health (CNAH) has two fully equipped, wifi accessible, student centers dedicated solely for academic, social, and cultural support of American Indian (AI) health professions (and pre-health professions) students.

Access

Current HSC Native American students wishing to gain access to one or both centers or would like more information contact Jessica Ahiyite at 505-925-0930 or jahiyite@salud.unm.edu.

Both centers are governed by CNAH policies and procedures that are communicated to all students. Students sign in and out, stating the purpose of their visit.  Such data allows CNAH to update services according to student need and feedback and are used to ensure adequate financial resources in the CNAH budget. CNAH also offers meeting and workspace to NM tribal leaders and AI community organizations. CNAH’s faculty, staff, and student employees occupy 2161 sq. ft. in a corridor and hallway connected to the Student Center.

Because of CNAH’s intentional design of community-friendly space, HSC AI students have exposure to mentoring on-the-spot as well as by appointment, community connections, access to tribal/educational/health leaders and CNAH faculty and staff, and the opportunity to form and reinforce cultural, social, and academic relationships with their peers.

CNAH Student Center

The CNAH AI Student Center offers 958 sq. ft. of dedicated student space distributed among seven enclosed offices and is accessible 24/7/365 through secure access by key and alarm code provided to each student. Check out our short video of the CNAH student center.

Location

The CNAH AI Health Sciences Student Center is located on the upper level of 1001 Medical Arts Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, a quick 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk from the Health Sciences Center (HSC North Campus). Getting here is easy and parking is free!

UNMH Shuttle

Students can ride the free UNM Hospital shuttle to the CNAH Student Center from the HSC! Call the shuttle at 505-272-3976 to request your ride. The HSC shuttle has pick-up points in front of the UNM Hospital (patient-drop off) and by the Family Practice Center (Building #248) and ask to go to 1001 Medical Arts!

Features

We know you have options on places to study and we're hoping you'll make the CNAH AI Student Center one of them. Check out the amenities this student center has to offer.

  • 24/7/365 through secure access by key and alarm code provided to each student.
  • Adjustable standing desks
  • Multi-function Printer
  • Mac Computer lab
  • Multiple individual study spaces
  • Group study room
  • Wellness room
  • Testing simulation lab
  • Fax and copying 
  • Fully equipped, 243 sq. ft. dining/kitchen space is available to all AI students, complete with a dedicated student refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and a snack table stocked with healthy snacks, water, coffee, and tea, all of which is available at all times
  • Access to a conference room with two whiteboards, conference calling access, tables and seating for 30, and various communications platforms
  • Access to the “Zoom Room” with tele-education/telehealth equipment, conference calling, a conference table that seats eight and a whiteboard.
  • Health education resources including entrance and licensing exam prep materials
  • Parking is FREE and expansive, with a well-lit parking lot.

Ervin Lewis Center

The Dr. Ervin Lewis AI Student Center is a one-room, 308 sq. ft. open space that is centrally located on the UNM Health Sciences campus in the Health Sciences and Services Building (Building #424) in room 104. The center is accessible Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Features

  • Study table
  • Computers with student-identified software
  • Basic office supplies
  • Printer
  • Whiteboard
  • Amenities for food preparation and storage