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Quality Education for Minorities Network
1818 N Street, N.W., Suite 350.
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 659-1818 
Fax: (202) 659-5408
Title: Health-Focused Internships for Students at HBCUs Majoring in Health-Related Disciplines
Project Period: 9/30/05 - 9/29/09
Project Director: Shirley M. McBay
Target Population: African Americans

Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network is a non-profit organization established to improve education for minorities. QEM serves as a national resource and catalyst to help unite and strengthen educational restructuring efforts for the benefit of minority children, youth, and adults while advancing minority participation and leadership in the national debate on how best to ensure access to a quality education, including health education. QEM also focuses on the national education scene and helping local groups, organizations, and institutions develop the capacity to mobilize their communities around needed educational improvements. QEM works with individuals, organizations, and governments around the country, to help coordinate and energize efforts to improve the education of minorities. Extensive networking and coalition building are a focus of the QEM Network. QEM maintains strong ties to the African American community through its collaborative efforts with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and its work with parents, community service centers, and community resource centers in low-income African American communities that focus on health and education improvements. QEM conducts proposal development and professional development workshops for faculty at HBCUs.

Health-Focused Internships for Students at HBCUs Majoring in Health-Related Disciplines: Twelve students from HBCUs will participate in a ten-week summer internship program in the Washington, D.C. area. The program will prepare the students to plan and lead academic year health-focused education and awareness activities on their campuses and in surrounding communities. Selected students must have an interest in: pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree in a health-related field; increasing health awareness within minority communities; and influencing health-related policies at the national, state, and/or local level. QEM focuses on health disparities and their impact on African Americans to provide the interns with a greater understanding of behaviors and strategies that can be employed to prevent or reduce these disparities. As part of the summer internship program, the participants engage in comprehensive sessions on curriculum development, health disparities outreach planning, and the research process. Upon completion of the internship and return to their respective institutions, the students collaborate with groups such as sororities, fraternities, and community service organizations to heighten awareness of the health disparities and preventative measures that can be taken to address the disparities. The Program also provides career information and guidance to participating students to facilitate their pursuit of a health-related career with the goal of helping to increase the number of African Americans in the health-related professional work force.

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