Hispanic scholars support STEM studies
The American Heart Association is dedicated to addressing the lack of diversity and Hispanic inclusion in healthcare careers. The American Heart Association is the foremost nonprofit organization in the world dedicated to promoting longer, healthier lives for all. As a result, the Hispanic Serving Institution Scholars Program, which starts in September, has selected 30 students from around the United States and Puerto Rico to take part. These students are enrolled together in 18 institutions in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and Texas that provide public health and healthcare-related studies. They will each be matched with a volunteer mentor who works in the medical field or is conducting their own pertinent scientific research at the moment. A study addressing these issues will be developed and presented by scholars and mentors.
This programme was fantastic all around. I had the opportunity to network with many brilliant academics and pick up useful skills that I will use throughout my life. For me, it was a chance that came once in a lifetime. Irvin Solano, a 2021 HSI Scholar, remarked of his experience, “I will always treasure it.
Travel to the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2022, the premier international conference promoting scientific discovery and practice-changing educational content, in Chicago in November and a spring symposium in April, where scholars will present posters of the research they carried out throughout the programme year, will be among the program’s highlights.
“The scholars and mentors in the Hispanic Serving Institutions Scholars programme are transforming science and research to be more inclusive and improving cultural sensitivity in clinical practice. According to Michelle A. Albert, M.D., M.P.H., FAHA, volunteer president of the American Heart Association for 2022–2023 and Walter A. Haas–Lucie Stern endowed chair in cardiology, professor of medicine, “As advocates for health care quality and access for all, the American Heart Association is committed to empowering the next generation of research and health care professionals by providing undergraduate students with academic and career-enriching resources, including scholarships and mentoring” (NURTURE Center).
As part of its Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE) effort, which aims to address healthcare inequities that have an impact on underprivileged communities across the U.S., Quest Diagnostics has provided financial support for the programme, which is now in its second year. Additionally, Quest Diagnostics contributes to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Scholars Program of the American Heart Association.
According to Ruth Clements, president of the Quest Diagnostics Foundation, “We are happy to cooperate with the American Heart Association to increase research and mentorship opportunities for HSI Scholars.” Future healthcare leaders who will diversify the sector, combat injustices, and meaningfully improve patient outcomes are being shaped by this programme, according to the statement.