Published July 31, 2017
At UnitedHealth Group, we believe that by supporting today's brightest scholars, we're investing in a health workforce that will meet the needs of tomorrow. Research tells us that when patients receive care from providers who share their language and culture, they're more likely to seek and accept medical treatment. Through our Diverse Scholars Initiative, we're working to cultivate health professionals from diverse, multicultural backgrounds to increase culturally competent health care delivery, close the health disparities gap and improve long-term health outcomes.
Now in its 10th year, the Diverse Scholars Initiative has provided more than $16 million in assistance and funded more than 2,540 scholarships in 36 states for students who are pursuing careers as health care professionals. Scholarship recipients have furthered their careers by pursuing masters and doctorate programs, and pursued career opportunities, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and mental health providers.
Four organizations have partnered with United Health Foundation since the initiative's inception: National Medical Fellowships, United Negro College Fund, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and National Hispanic Health Foundation. Together, these organizations have watched 345 Diverse Scholars pursue their academic and career goals in the medical field. For example:
Together with partners like National Medical Fellowships, United Negro College Fund, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and National Hispanic Health Foundation, we are helping transform the health care system by delivering culturally competent care to underserved communities and spurring innovation that can lead to better health outcomes for all. We look forward to the next 10 years of continued collaboration and partnership.