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National Hispanic Health Foundation Scholarship Program

National Hispanic Health Foundation Scholarship Program

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Health professionals are critically needed, especially, those who are committed to serving the health needs of the growing Hispanic communities in the U.S. 

The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) established a unique scholarship program targeted to leadership and service to underserved populations with their major partners, United Health Foundation, AstraZeneca, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, Maximus, Pfizer, Novo Nordisk, Emblem Health, Johnson & Johnson, Latino Commission on Aids, Einstein College of Medicine, Together Rx Access and UNIVISION.

“As the Obama Administration continues to unfold health care reform services in our nation”, stated Dr. Elena Rios, president of the National Hispanic Health Foundation, “we are doing our part to recognize the pioneers for Hispanic health solutions as well as giving scholarships to the next generation of health professionals needed for our communities as they seek more health care services.”

Hispanics face the greatest health disparities according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Health Disparities Report - due to lack of health insurance and limited culturally competent providers and language services in health care facilities. Hispanics are more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic Whites to face diabetes and obesity leading to less quality of life, more sick days at work, higher health care expenses and dependency on caregiving from family members. Hispanics have the most to gain from the new health care reform programs and will become the largest market for health insurance and preventive services in the near future.

Ten students from medical, dental, nursing, public health and policy schools of New York and New Jersey will be honored with scholarships by the National Hispanic Health Foundation.

The scholarships are based on outstanding academic record, leadership experience and commitment to service for Hispanic communities. Over 100 applicants were reviewed by the presidents of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, the Hispanic Dental Association, the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association, the National Hispanic Medical Association and the Dean, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public service. 

NHHF has awarded over 100 health students nearly $400,000 dollars since 2005.