Awards help students from disadvantaged backgrounds enter health professions
ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) today announced $9.7 million in awards to 14 new grantees to increase diversity in the health professions workforce through the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). The funds will help develop an educational pipeline to enhance the academic performance of economically and educationally disadvantaged students, and prepare them for careers in the health professions.
"These awards will play a key role in addressing health care disparities and increasing the diversity of the health professions," said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. "They will give students from disadvantaged backgrounds the support they need to enter the health professions, and help ensure the make-up of the health workforce better reflects our diverse population."
HCOP funds health professions training institutions to establish and expand programs that provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills needed to gain admission to and graduate from health professions schools. HCOP helps to prepare students – from elementary school through graduate school – for success in health professions training programs by providing mentoring, counseling, academic enrichment programs, financial aid assistance and other tools and resources.
A list of awards follows.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Arizona
The Regents of the University of California, U.C.
St. Vincent Health
Michigan State University
The University of Michigan-Flint
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
The Research Foundation of State University of
Meharry Medical College
The University of Texas Medical Branch
Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center
For additional information about the Health Careers Opportunity Program, visit http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/grants/diversity/index.html
The Health Resources and Services Administration is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HRSA is the primary Federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov.
SOURCE Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)