On a mission to reduce health disparities: Nonprofit ElevateMeD announces inaugural Scholars Program cohort

Scholars Program Announcement & #GivingTuesdayNow Launch on May 5
By: ElevateMeD Inc.
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ElevateMeD Founders and Supporters
ElevateMeD Founders and Supporters
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - May 4, 2020 - PRLog -- In just one year, Scottsdale based nonprofit ElevateMeD has successfully self funded and now proudly announces the inaugural cohort of the Scholars Program on May 4, 2020. The 2020-2021 Scholars Program features a dynamic group of 10 medical students selected from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine from partner medical schools.

The ElevateMeD Scholars program is a multifaceted program designed to develop the next generation of physician leaders. Each Scholar will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship for each year remaining in their medical degree in addition to physician mentorship, access to peer network support, leadership development opportunities and financial management education. The applicant pool began with 30 student nominations from partnering institutions. The members of the Board of Directors reviewed their applications and selected this year's cohort.

The 2020-2021 Scholars Program and their respective institutions are as listed:
  • Aaron Bia, University of Arizona
  • Anthony Osifuye, University of Minnesota
  • Christian Freeman, Emory University
  • Gabriela Alejo, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Harvey Lewis, Howard University
  • Kalonji Cole, Charles R. Drew University/UCLA
  • Louisa Appiah, East Carolina University
  • Mahdieh Hosseini, Temple University
  • Shannon Coombs, Mayo Clinic
  • Shanita Thomas, Wayne State University
The official Scholars page can be found at www.elevatemed.org/scholars.

Founder Dr. Alyx Porter Umphrey understands the importance of this moment as it relates to the future of healthcare. "Of all of the moments filled with various emotions that have been brought forward by COVID-19, one of the most impactful and sustaining has been the selection process of our inaugural cohort of Scholars. I have never been more certain that our future is bright. These brilliant medical students embody the drive, resilience, and tenacity that is required to affect change regarding the disparities we see in healthcare."

ElevateMeD continues to make an impact by joining the national #GivingTuesdayNow campaign, an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19 for nonprofits, taking place on May 5, 2020. The objective is to bring the world together to elevate the conversation regarding diversity in medicine and raise $10,000 for programming for the 2020-2021 academic year. Learn more about supporting ElevateMeD at give.elevatemed.org.

ABOUT ElevateMeD:
ElevateMeD is committed to elevating the field of medicine by providing financial support and mentorship to future physicians. We aim to increase physician workforce diversity and improve cultural competence among physicians to reduce health disparities. Learn more about our mission and vision by visiting elevatemed.org and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @elevatemedinc.

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