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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
CONTACT: HRSA PRESS OFFICE
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HRSA awards $9.7 million to strengthen health care workforce diversity

Awards help students from disadvantaged backgrounds enter health professions

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.

 Organization

City

State

Award Amount

University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham

Ala.

$614,217.00

University of ArizonaTucson

Ariz.

$743,032.00

The Regents of the University of California, U.C. San DiegoLa Jolla

Calif.

$742,222.00

Howard UniversityWashington

D.C.

$737,693.00

St. Vincent HealthIndianapolis

Ind.

$708,936.00

Michigan State UniversityEast Lansing

Mich.

$650,656.00

The University of Michigan-FlintFlint

Mich.

$577,938.00

D'youville CollegeBuffalo

N.Y.

$741,818.00

Mount Sinai School of MedicineNew York

N.Y.

$690,369.00

The Research Foundation of State University of New YorkAlbany

N.Y.

$621,557.00

Meharry Medical CollegeNashville

Tenn.

$750,000.00

The University of Texas Medical BranchGalveston

Texas

$750,000.00

Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education CenterSt. Johnsbury

Vt.

$708,930.00

Marquette UniversityMilwaukee

Wis.

$677,873.00

Total Awarded  

$9,715,241.00

 

For additional information about the Health Careers Opportunity Program, visit http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/grants/diversity/index.html

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