CHCI eNews 
February 2010

In This Edition:

United Health Foundation Partners with CHCI for First Ever Scholarship/Internship Program

CHCI is proud to highlight a new initiative recently launched with the United Health Foundation that will enhance a CHCI scholarship recipient's professional development by integrating an internship component to his/her scholarship. 

In addition to providing financial assistance for Latino youth, the United Health Foundation is investing in an initiative to increase the diversity of individuals who pursue careers in health related fields. Students receive an additonal $1,000 stipend after completing an internship at a community-based organization serving the health needs of the Latino community.

"We're extremely proud of our partnership with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute," said Jeannine Rivet, Executive Vice President at UnitedHealth Group and Interim President of United Health Foundation. "To be able to collaborate with a group of this caliber to create such an innovative program is a rewarding and effective way for us to realize our goal of creating the diverse health workforce of tomorrow."

"Medical school can be challenging," said Jaime Villarreal, 2009 CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar & Intern.  "While studying for various classes and preparing for state exams, it is easy to forget about patient care. Through the CHCI-UHF Intern/Scholar program I have worked with indigent patients and gained a greater sense of what medicine is like outside of the classroom. The experience is humbling, as it has taught me that health care is also about treating people not just disease."  Villarreal, a Laredo, Texas native, is currently pursuing her doctorate of medicine at the University of Texas, Galveston.

The seventeen interns are placed at various hospitals, clinics and organizations throughout the country. To learn more about the United Health Foundation Scholars Internship program, click here.

Ready to Lead (R2L) Travels to Dallas

On Saturday, February 20, 2010, more than 130 Dallas area high school students heard from actor and role model Wilmer Valderrama, State Representative Roberto Alonzo, and other leaders as part of CHCI's college readiness program Ready to Lead (R2L) at Mountain View College.


Dr. Wright Lassiter, Chancellor, Dallas County Community College District; Felix A. Zamora, President, Mountain View College; Wilmer Valderrama, Actor and R2L Spokesperson; Diana Flores, Board of Trustees, Dallas County Community College District; and Laura Sanford, President, AT&T Foundation at Dallas Ready to Lead on February 20, 2010.

The students who attended represented local high schools from six different cities and three counties.It was an intensive one-day workshop as the students learned about college planning, financing a college education, and leadership development.

On March 27,2010, R2L is headed to South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.

To learn more about R2L, click here. 

Intern Application Submissions Reach Record-Breaking Levels

Thanks to targeted outreach and enhanced communications, CHCI nearly tripled the number of applicants from last year for the Congressional Internship Program summer session.  CHCI received a record breaking 395 completed applications, compared to 134 in 2009, for only 24 available slots.

To learn more about the Congressional Internship program, click here.

Congressional Interns are Blogging!

Check out what CHCI's first ever Spring Congressional Interns are saying about their experiences in D.C. Learn about their first week in the District, what it's like working on Capitol Hill, how they survived the 2010 blizzard, and more.

The interns will be blogging biweekly about various topics for the duration of the program. To read the Spring Congressional Interns' blogs, click here.

CHCI Congressional Internship Program Wins High Marks Among Participants

During 2009, CHCI partnered with Excelencia in Education to conduct a study evaluating the Congressional Internship Program's impact on its summer participants. The results quantitatively confirm that CHCI impacts the lives of program participants, both personally and professionally, and increases their legislative knowledge.

Prior to the CHCI Congressional Internship experience, 71 percent of the program participants viewed themselves as leaders. Upon completion of the program, an overwhelming 90 percent returned to their communities as confident leaders.

Specifically, one-hundred percent of program participants agreed or strongly agreed that the CHCI Congressional Internship experience provided them an advantage over other Latinos without a similar experience. They stated their internship experience improved their leadership skills and will allow them to make informed career decisions in the future. The summer Congressional Interns experienced tremendous growth, 100 percent of them responded that their CHCI internship:

  • Increased their desire to become civically engaged
  • Increased their commitment to social responsibility
  • Increased their desire to build multicultural coalitions
  • Increased their engagement with their Hispanic heritage

To learn more about partnership and sponsorship opportunities, click here.

You Can Help the Next Generation Become a Success Story

CHCI's online application system continues to prove that there is a tremendous need for financial resources and professional development opportunities for the Latino community. Over the past two program cycles, CHCI has received nearly 20,000 unique applications for CHCI student programs.

Please click here to donate now so that more students have the ability to finance their higher education and become the next generation of Latino leaders and success stories at CHCI.

February 23, 2010

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Program Application Deadlines Approaching Soon:

2010 Scholarship Application Deadline:
April 16, 2010

2010 Internship Application Deadlines:
Fall: April 30, 2010

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CHCI 2010 Calendar

March 6, 2010
CHCI Regional Fundraiser
San Juan, Puerto Rico

March 27, 2010
Ready to Lead (R2L)
Phoenix, AZ

April 21, 2010
Spring Congressional Internship Graduation
Capitol Visitors Center
Washington, D.C.

 April 24, 2010
Ready to Lead (R2L)
Los Angeles, CA

May 12, 2010
2009-2010 Fellows Graduation
Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.

May 15, 2010
Ready to Lead (R2L)
Miami, FL

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