As the #1 killer, 1 in 3 women are at risk of heart disease! And studies show that the numbers for multicultural ethnic groups are disproportionate to their Caucasian counterparts.
The American Heart Association’s Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund, sponsored by Macy’s, will award 16 – $2,500 national scholarships to multicultural women interested in healthcare careers. Application deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 30.
The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund was created to support the efforts of the American Heart Association and reach women of diverse backgrounds with heart-health information and resources.
“Ethnically and racially diverse women are needed in the healthcare field because they have a deep understanding of the needs of their communities and can make a unique connection with the persons they care for.” Eva Gomez, MSN, RN, Staff Development Specialist, Department of Nursing, Children’s Hospital Boston, MA, Go Red Spokesperson, and heart disease survivor.
Last year, only 6.7 percent of African-Americans and 7.5 percent of Hispanics made up the total number of medical school graduates, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
As part of its Go Red For Women awareness campaign, the American Heart Association hopes to expand the number of qualified nurses and physicians of diverse racial or ethnic heritage and increase cultural competence in health care.
“Health care is always in need of talented people. If we can get more deserving, diverse females into the medical pipeline through the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund, then it helps our industry and it helps society,” said Karol Watson, M.D., associate professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Vice President of the Association of Black Cardiologists and American Heart Association spokesperson.
“The American Heart Association is in a unique position to be a leader in helping to eradicate cardiovascular disease and health disparities by providing scholarships to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine,” said Fergus, chair of community programming for the Association of Black Cardiologists. “Moreover, the scholarship offers a window of opportunity to those who believe medical or nursing school is unattainable.”
The Go Red(TM) Multicultural Scholarship is made possible by the Macy’s Multicultural Fund. Macy’s is a national sponsor of Go Red For Women and Go Red Por Tu Corazón and has helped raise more than $24 million for the cause since 2004. “Macy’s is proud to have helped launch the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund to encourage students nationwide to explore career opportunities that make a direct impact in their communities by joining the fight against heart disease in women,” said Bill Hawthorne, Macy’s Senior Vice President of Diversity Strategies.
For more information or to apply visit www.GoRedForWomen.org/GoRedScholarship.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Their mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. They fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.americanheart.org.
About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s solution to save women’s lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, they are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premier source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. For more information visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278).