Saturday, April 11, 2009

African American Women's Health




African American Women's Health


This came my way. If you want to do a masters in Boston, concentrating on African American women's health, Suffolk University is offering free tuition. Thus far , Suffolk has only received 1 application for this program.From: Angelique Shofar



I am writing to you in hopes that you can help spread the word about this one-of-a-kind scholarship opportunity for a student to develop leadership in African American women's health. Despite our efforts to publicize the full-tuition scholarship, we have gotten literally only one application for this year, so we are reaching out to our networks, including our advisory board members, to spread the word. It's such a valuable opportunity for the right person, it would be a shame to let it go to waste.

Scholarship to Build Leadership in the Field of African American Women's Health The Master of Arts in Women's Health (MAWH) program at Suffolk University (Boston) is pleased to offer a competitive, annual, fulltuition scholarship to a student committed to working in the field of Black women's health. Funded by the Suffolk University College of Artsand Sciences, this scholarship is designed to develop leadership in an area that will contribute to the health and well-being of African American women and girls.

By virtually every marker of health and health care status, African American women suffer unjustly. African American women are less likely than white women to have health insurance and are more likely to be dependent upon the political vagaries of Medicaid policies. African American women confront particularly high rates of cervical cancer, diabetes, hypertension, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS infection, and maternal mortality.

For these patterns to change:

Government policies need to redress longstanding racial disparities in health care access. Medical institutions need to develop programs that improve patient care for Black women. Health care providers need to cultivate communication skills that show respect for the strengths and diversity of Black women and that acknowledge financial limitations that may interfere with health maintenance.

Community leaders need to work towards building environments that are safe and healthy for Black women and their families.Educators need to address how African American women can make the healthy choices that facilitate healthy minds and bodies.African American women need training in self-care and self-advocacy.


The MAWH Scholarship to Build Leadership in the Field of African American Women's Health aims to train gifted and dedicated students to work effectively in all of these arenas.

To apply for the Scholarship please submit by no later than April 15:

(1)The standard application materials required for the MAWH; to view, click below. >
(2) A substantive essay addressing: (a) What are the core health issues facing Black women? (b) How did you come to develop an interest in Black women's health? (c) What do you hope to learn in the MAWH program that will help you develop as a leader in the field of Black women's health? (d) What does being a leader in the field of Black women's health mean to you? (e) Describe your ideal job in this field!

Questions? Please see:
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.suffolk.edu%2Fcollege%2F13527.html
or contact:
mawh@suffolk.edu

Amy Agigian,
Ph.D.Associate Professor,
Sociology DepartmentDirector,
Center for Women's Health and Human RightsDirector,
Master of Arts in Women's HealthSuffolk University
8 Ashburton Place,
Beacon Hill Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-573-8487
Fax: 617-994-4278
aagigian@suffolk.edu
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