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Aetna Foundation Scholars Program

Nurturing diversity in the medical field

Promoting racial and ethnic diversity in health care and research.

As the U.S. population becomes increasingly diverse, so must our universe of doctors and other health care providers. Studies show that a high proportion of health care providers from underrepresented minority groups will choose to practice in low-income communities. This is why the Aetna Foundation proudly partners with esteemed organizations that are building greater diversity in the medical community. 

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Through a pioneering partnership, we work with AcademyHealth to provide professional development, mentoring and networking opportunities to minority graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and other researchers.

Explore our AcademyHealth partnerships

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National Medical Fellowships (NMF)

Through two scholarship programs created with NMF, we nurture promising underrepresented minority medical students who are committed to working in underserved communities.

Read about our NMF partnerships

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mHealth Scholars

We provided 10 up-and-coming technology innovators with scholarships for the 2014 Winter mHealth Training Institute in Washington, D.C. The conference initiated an ongoing, inspirational dialogue.

Read more about our mHealth scholars

We cultivate medical talent in other ways

Since 1994, we have sponsored the Four Directions Summer Research Program in Boston, Mass. American Indian and Alaska Native college students are selected to conduct research in two highly esteemed institutions: Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Our support of the National Academy Foundation is building a nationwide program to help urban teenagers prepare for health care careers. The program, Academy of Health Sciences, will eventually serve up to 26,000 students.

For decades, we have supported the Aetna Health Professions Partnership Initiative in collaboration with the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn. So far, more than 1,000 participating students have entered careers in health care, having been inspired by this exciting exploratory program.

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