The Master of Arts in Women's Health program at Suffolk University in Boston is pleased to offer an annual, full tuition scholarship for students interested in African American women's health.
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, full tuition scholarship to a student committed to working in the field of Black women’s health. Funded by the Suffolk University College of Arts and 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:
(1)The standard application materials required for the MAWH; to view,
(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!