Thirty students completed the American Heart Association (AHA)’s research program serving as the first-ever cohort of the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Scholars Program, which provides career mentorship, leadership development, and research stipends to promising Hispanic students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The Research Symposium was held in Houston, Texas, where scholars shared presentations on their research and received medallions in a special ceremony to mark the completion of this program.
The HSI Program invests in aspiring Hispanic researchers and healthcare professionals. During the program, undergraduate students enrolled in biomedical and health sciences at HSIs participated in academic and career-enriching experiences for a full academic year.
“It has been an honor to guide the first class of our HSI Scholars and see them flourish through the Program where they learned about health disparities in Hispanic communities, how cultural sensitivity can provide safe and reassuring clinical spaces, and the importance of inclusivity in science,” said Mitzi Cardona, Portfolio Advisor, Collegiate Diversity Partnerships, Hispanic Serving Institutions, AHA. “We are grateful for the support of the Quest Diagnostics Foundation as it has helped us launch this vital program to support future leaders in healthcare.”
The inaugural class of the HSI Program was launched in September 2021 with the support of the Quest Diagnostics Foundation as part of our Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE) initiative. Q4HE, an over $100 million initiative of Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX) and the Quest Diagnostics Foundation, provides donated testing services, education programs, partnerships, and funding to support initiatives aimed at eliminating healthcare disparities that impact underserved communities across the US.