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Our mission is to promote diversity in the health professions and, in so doing, improve the health of the nation by building a health care workforce that draws on the strengths of all segments of our diverse society.

Health-care disparities have long existed for racial and ethnic minority populations, and these shocking differences in health care continue to result in individuals from these groups suffering disproportionately, and often unnecessarily, from treatable, curable, or preventable diseases. 

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These health care disparities translate into real health outcomes. Among them:

  • African-American women with breast cancer are 67 percent more likely to die from the disease than are white women.

  • The mortality rate for African-American infants is almost 2.5 times greater than it is for whites.

  • Hispanic and African American youth are substantially more likely to die from diabetes than whites.

  • When disaggregated into subgroups, some Asian populations (i;e.) Chinese, Japanese, and Filopino) have poorer survival than non-Hispanic whites for certain cancers at certain stages.


Hi, my name is Bria Coles! I graduated from Clemson University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. In 2018, I graduated from Newberry College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. After graduating from nursing school, I began working on the Cardiac Telemetry floor at a non-profit hospital in North Carolina that focuses on promoting health and wellness in the community. 

One of my future goals is to enroll in a Nurse Practitioner program in the Fall 2019 to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. For these reasons, my passion has always been aimed at giving back to the community. With much thought, I have decided to create this scholarship to help inspire future generations and bring awareness to the diversity gap in healthcare field.

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