Frances K. Ward, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
Washington State University
Frances was born and raised on the Yakama Reservation and is also a member of The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. Frances currently attends Washington State University's College of Nursing. After graduation, she hopes to work in a cardiovascular intensive care unit. Frances intends to become a nurse practitioner and strives to provide the highest level of care to Yakama people at the Indian Health Services. Frances also aspires to research how type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease can be associated with morbidity and or mortality among Yakama people. Once this research is conducted, Frances intends to improve standard health care that many Yakamas receive by providing alternative methods of health care that incorporate both Indigenous knowledge and modern western medicine.