The AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholars Program
The Aetna Foundation has worked for the better part of a decade to advance a range of efforts to improve health and health care for all Americans. As part of that effort, the Foundation has formed a partnership with AcademyHealth, a premier professional organization for health services researchers, to support health services research and to assist young investigators from under-represented minority groups.
That initiative includes establishing the AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholars program, which supports the work of 15 students, post-doctoral trainees and fellows. The program underwrites the costs of the scholars attending AcademyHealth's annual research meeting, along with adjunct meetings and mentoring activities. The goal is to advance the professional development for these researchers as they pursue their work in various aspects of health services research, including efforts to better understand and address disparities in care.
The AcademyHealth/Aetna Foundation Minority Scholars, pictured at AcademyHealth's June 2010 Annual Research Meeting in Boston, with AcademyHealth President and CEO W. David Helms (far left), Academy Health Project Associate Beth Johnson (seventh from left) and Foundation President Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH (far right).