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Melissa Eidman

Melissa Eidman

Eidman (Yurok) is pursuing an MD at Stanford School of Medicine and is the first Native American Knight-Hennessy Scholar. She is also a Valley fellow and Schweitzer fellow, partnering with Urban Indian Organizations to address diabetes and domestic violence in Native communities.

As an undergraduate, Eidman worked for the Native American Cultural Center and served as co-chair of the Stanford Powwow. She received the Kenworthy Award for Student Innovation in Public Service and the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for her honors thesis, “Still Reservations: Examining Barriers to Health and Health-Seeking Behavior on the Yurok Reservation.” Eidman served with the Sacramento Native American Health Center and the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health as a John Gardner Public Service fellow, supporting efforts to incorporate traditional practices into primary care and leading the Urban Indian Tribal MAT Project, an effort to reduce opioid related morbidity and mortality in Indian Country. Eidman graduated with honors in human biology with a concentration in Native American community health.

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