Established in 2013, the United Health Foundation (UHF) has partnered with National Medical Fellowships (NMF) to offer the Diverse Medical Scholars Program. This is a service-learning program designed to increase the number of qualified medical providers who have a commitment to improving access to quality healthcare in medically underserved communities. This program is a renewal scholarship that provides a $7,000 award to thirty (30) qualified medical students. First-year participants are required to complete a 200-hour self-directed community health project at the community site of their choice. Selected Scholars will be enrolled in a medical school in one of the identified target areas, be a member of an underrepresented minority group, and have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to underserved communities.

Program Eligibility

UHF Scholar candidates must meet the following eligibility:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited medical school located in
    • Arizona (Phoenix)
    • Florida (Orlando, Tampa and Greater Miami)
    • Georgia (Atlanta)
    • New Mexico (Albuquerque)
    • New York (greater metropolitan New York City area, including NY, CT, PA, NJ)
    • Tennessee (Nashville)
    • Texas (San Antonio)
    • Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
  • Identification with one of the following minority groups: African American, Latino, Native American, or Asian Americans (Vietnamese and Cambodian only)
  • Demonstrated leadership early in career
  • Commitment to serving medically underserved communities

Program Requirements

Scholars may complete their program requirements between a November 2016 and April 2017. All requirements must be completed by April 30, 2017. Program requirements include:

  • 200 service-learning hours at community site of choice located in an underserved community
  • Orientation Participation
  • Written Report on Community Health
  • Oral Presentation w/ PowerPoint (4th Year Scholars Only)
  • Poster Creation/Presentation
  • Program Colloquium Participation
  • Evaluation – Program Surveys (Scholar & Mentor)

About the United Health Foundation

Guided by a passion to help people live healthier lives, United Health Foundation (UHF) provides helpful information to support decisions that lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities. The Foundation also supports activities that expand access to quality health care services for those in challenging circumstances and partners with others to improve the well-being of communities.

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