AcademyHealth Staff with 2022 Diversity Scholars Dr. Asma Ali, Dr. Alisia Sullivan, and Dr. Shanikque Blackwell
AcademyHealth Staff with 2022 Diversity Scholars Dr. Asma Ali, Dr. Alisia Sullivan, and Dr. Shanikque Blackwell

The AcademyHealth Diversity Scholars Program provides registration support for up to ten scholars to attend the Annual Research Meeting (ARM). The goal of the Program is to support the professional development of underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups in the field of health services research (HSR). Mentoring is a core component of the Program.

Applications for 2023 are closed.

New this year is a special slot in the Diversity Scholars Program specifically for Nursing! Find more information about the Policy and Politics in Nursing Scholarship here.

Scholarship Information

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current full-time or part-time, graduate-level students; post-doctoral fellows; or clinical fellows.
  • Member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic minority group.*
  • Availability to attend the ARM on the specified dates. 
  • U.S. Citizen.**

Application Instructions:

To apply, applicants must upload and submit the following materials to the online application system: 

  • A completed online application form, including in the submission:
    • Current Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Interest (500 words max). The essay should address your personal learning objectives, demonstrated interest in the field of HSR and/or disparities and equity research; and past or current research/work related to HSR. The essay should also show a clear connection between your stated learning objectives and professional goals and your interest in attending the ARM. We strongly suggest that you write the essay out in a Word document and then copy and paste it into the form.
  • Supporting documentation, including:
    • If applicable, documentation of student status (e.g. scanned copy of student ID, departmental letter)
    • Signed letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor or work supervisor on official letterhead

2022 Diversity Scholars

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Asma Ali, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Wisconsin

Dr. Ali is a postdoctoral primary care research fellow in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Read Bio

Shanikque Blackwell

Shanikque Blackwell, M.P.H., CHES

Doctoral Student - University of South Carolina

Shanikque Blackwell is a doctoral student in the Health Services Policy & Management department at the University of South Carolina. Read Bio

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Jesse Boggis, M.P.H.

Ph.D. Student - The Dartmouth Institute

Jesse Boggis is a Ph.D. student and T-32 predoctoral fellow at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. Read Bio

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Committee Member, Member

Connie Shao, M.D., M.P.H.

General Surgery Resident - University of Alabama at Birmingham

Connie Shao is a general surgery resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Read Bio

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Alisia Sullivan, M.S.W.

Doctoral Student - University of Kentucky

Alisia Sullivan is a doctoral student in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky with research interests centered around the social determinants of health and chronic health conditions that disproportionately affect black women's health. Read Bio

Policy and Politics in Nursing Scholar

More Information

*AcademyHealth's definition of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups in the field of HSR is based on the NIH definition as the following: African American/Black, American Indian & Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, and Asian American & Pacific Islander. (NIH) (NSF)

**Due to program requirements, applicants who are not U.S. citizens are not eligible to apply.

If you need additional assistance for scholarship related questions, please contact us here.