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November 6, 2013

American Heart Association offers scholarships to multicultural women

Tuition hikes at colleges and universities across the nation are putting the squeeze on many young people and forcing families to find new ways to pay for higher education or consider forgoing college altogether.

In an effort to ease that burden and increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women and Macy’s, its national sponsor, are offering the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund.

Sixteen $2,500 national scholarships are being offered for a third year to multicultural women pursuing higher education in health care. As part of its Go Red For Women movement, the association strives to expand the pipeline of much-needed diverse nursing and medical students and address important gaps in treatment that can lead to heart health disparities.

Candidates must complete an application, personal essay and submit two letters of recommendation. Online applications are available through Dec. 31.

“The recruitment of talented diverse young women into the healthcare field is a critical step in the delivery of quality, culturally sensitive patient-centered care. In these challenging economic times, the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund will help ensure the continued success of a diverse group of young women in their health care education journey,” Dr. Jennifer Mieres, a spokesperson for the Go Red For Women campaign said in a press release.

College tuition rates have outpaced inflation, increasing between 5 and 35 percent — depending on the region and type of institution (public vs. private).

Demand on health care continues to increase, but the number of multicultural women working in U.S. hospitals and medical schools is low — even as the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse.

Research shows that numerous ethnic groups — including African-Americans and Hispanics — are disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease and risk factors, confront barriers to diagnosis and care, and experience worse health outcomes than their Caucasian counterparts.

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