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Minority Students Look at Health Disparities in Study Abroad Program

Posted: Updated: Aug 03, 2018 03:42 PM
Students discussed their findings at UVA on August 3 Students discussed their findings at UVA on August 3
Students traveled to countries like Uganda and South Africa Students traveled to countries like Uganda and South Africa
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A group of students passionate about world health got the chance to share their summer research with the public.

The students were in an eight-week program that addressed health disparities around the world.

Some of the brightest minority students from across the United States got the chance to study abroad and focus on different health topics. After returning to the states, they spent a week at the University of Virginia analyzing data to present to the Charlottesville community.

The program mainly focuses on students of color and first-generation college students to give them an opportunity they wouldn’t normally have.

Students worked with UVA faculty and international partners on world health problems to discover new patterns.

Some places they traveled to included Uganda, South Africa, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Rebecca Dillingham, the director of the Center for Global Health, says the key is continuing to help the students even after the program has ended.

“An important aspect of this program is to really help these students - these outstanding students - develop their professional network so that they can be successful scientists in the future,” says Dillingham.

Some of the topics studied were diabetes, heart failure, and use of clean water technology.

This is the fourth year the program has been going on and organizers look forward to continuing the program for years to come.