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Students Pursuing Health Care Careers Receive $24,000 in Scholarships From National Hispanic Health Foundation
Date:1/18/2008

NHHF Scholarship Program Targets Growing Demand for Diversity Among Health Care Professionals;

Students Selected from California

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nine health professional students from California will win $5,000 and $2,000 scholarships from the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), a nonprofit group affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. The scholarships will be presented at the First Annual NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Gala at 7 p.m. January 22nd, at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento, 1230 J Street.

This year's scholarship program was expanded with the generous support Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region, United Health Foundation, Abbott, Amgen, Blue Cross, CA Healthcare Foundation, Molina Healthcare, PhRMA, UC-Davis and other partners.

Three prominent leaders will also be honored at the gala: Jose A. Arevalo, MD, Medical Director, Sutter Independent Physicians; Diana M. Bonta, RN, DrPh, Vice President, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region and Richard Figueroa, MBA, Health Care Advisor, Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. "We are thrilled because this year we are honoring health leaders who are role models for our scholars," said Dr. Elena Rios, President and CEO of NHHF.

This year's Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarships were awarded to outstanding students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and a commitment to the Hispanic community, the nation's largest minority group. The scholarship targets students who have made a commitment to improving the health of Hispanic communities. Their disciplines are in four areas: medicine, nursing, dentistry and public health.

"We at NHHF are honored to help these remarkable students in achieving their goals." Rios said. "By doing our part today, we are nurturing future health professionals and role
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