Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

November 6, 2013

American Heart Association offers scholarships to multicultural women


Hendricks County Flyer

---- — 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.

Only 6.7 percent of African-Americans and 7.5 percent of Hispanics made up the total number of medical school graduates in 2010, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship is made possible by the Macy’s Multicultural Fund. Macy’s has supported the scholarship fund regionally in New York since 1998. In 2011, Macy’s and The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women collaborated to offer the scholarship on a national scale. Macy’s is a national sponsor of Go Red For Women and has helped raise more than $29 million for the cause since 2004. For more information and to complete an application, visit the website www.GoRedForWomen.org/GoRedScholarship.

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, the organization is committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premier source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. For more information, visit the website at www.GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and locally by St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The AHA mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. The AHA funds cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit the website at www.heart.org.