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CHCI Scholars Participate in Washington, D.C. Forum to Promote Diversity in the Health Workforce

CHCI  welcomes five CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar/Interns to Washington, D.C. today to participate in the 2010 United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars' Forum, "Young Minds, Bright Futures," on June 23-25, 2010. The forum is part of the United Health Foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative, designed to increase the number of diverse college graduates entering the health workforce.

Download file Profiles of CHCI UHF Scholars

Working with the United Health Foundation (UHF), CHCI launched its first ever scholarship/internship program in 2009. Seventeen students who were awarded CHCI scholarships received an additional $1,000 stipend from UHF upon completion of an internship in a community-based organization serving the health needs of the Latino community.

"We are very proud to work with the United Health Foundation to create a workforce pipeline for talented Latinos to enter the health workforce," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. "Our innovative partnership provides students with the financial resources they need to stay in school and the hands-on experience to start a successful career in the health related field of their choice."

"I have witnessed the healthcare inadequacies resulting from language and socioeconomic barriers," said Christopher Sosa, CHCI UHF Diverse Scholar/Intern. "Our underrepresentation in medicine fuels the lack of knowledge in underserved communities that ultimately leads to an overall poor health profile. It is my mission to alleviate the healthcare disparities others face in third world countries."

More than 50 unique candidates were chosen from across the nation representing CHCI, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, and the American Indian College Fund. Representing CHCI are Manuel Candelario, Yanneth Rivera, Sosa, George Yañez, and Angeline Zamorano.

About Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c) (3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic Members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders. For more information call CHCI at (202) 543-1771 or visit www.chci.org.

Media Contact:
Scott Gunderson Rosa: (202) 548-5876