CHCI Scholars Participate in United Health Foundation Diversity Scholars Forum

Forum Promotes Diversity in the Health Workforce

CHCI welcomes four CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar/Interns to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2011 United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars' Forum on June 21-23. 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.

Working with the United Health Foundation (UHF) the past two years, students who are awarded CHCI scholarships receive 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 continue our 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."

More than 50 unique candidates are 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 this year are Ericka DiVivo, Max Magaña, Wesley Quevedo and Yesenia Rosado. CHCI's representatives will attend a "Getting to Know CHCI" session at CHCI's office on June 22 at 2:00 pm. 

During their three days in Washington, D.C., forum participants attend breakfast on Capitol Hill, meet with members of Congress, attend a panel discussion on "Innovation in Chronic Disease Care and Prevention," and conduct site visits at the National Institutes of Health, Unity Walker Jones Clinic, and Georgetown University Hospital.

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

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