Did you know? Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of Hispanic women - killing more women than all forms of cancer combined.
In fact, Latinas are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanic women. They confront barriers to diagnosis and care, receive lower quality treatment and experience worse health outcomes than their Caucasian counterparts.
According to the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHD), factors that contribute to poor health outcomes among Hispanics include language and cultural barriers.
The lack of diversity of medical students and healthcare professionals, coupled with ineffective cultural competency training, continues to produce treatment environments that are biased and contribute to health disparities.
During Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Heart Association’s Go Red Por Tu Corazón movement and its national sponsor, Macy’s, launches the fourth annual Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Fund. The scholarship directly addresses important gaps in treatment that can lead to heart health disparities among Hispanic women.
The scholarship program places medical and nursing school within the reach of deserving racial and ethnic female candidates and increases cultural competence in the healthcare workforce.
The Scholarship Fund will award 16 scholarships of $2,500 each ($40,000 total) to qualifying applicants. Read the stories of last year's recipients on GoRedForWomen.org.
To qualify, you must:
Read more in our Frequently Asked Questions document.
Apply online at GoRedCorazon.org/GoRedScholarship (in English only).
Deadline for applications is Dec. 31, 2013.
Download, print and share these materials to spread the word about the Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund (in English only):