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BALTIMORE – The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health announced today it is doubling its efforts to improve American Indians’ educational and health status.

On the occasion of its 25th Anniversary, the Center for American Indian Health’s 500 Scholars Initiative will raise $3 million over the next three years to promote education and training opportunities for 500 American Indian and Alaska Natives, through programs spanning high school to post-doctoral education. Initiatives will include programs to help youth finish high school, 25 graduate and doctoral degrees at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and allied Hopkins Schools of Nursing and Medicine, and work-training opportunities at Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian health for post-baccalaureates and post-doctoral scholars.

“The most effective way to eliminate health disparities is through education that allows tribes to take ownership and control of their health systems and solutions,” said Dr. Mathuram Santosham, founding director of Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. “That is why our Center is deeply committed to the 500 Scholars Initiative and to accelerating our training and scholarship opportunities.”

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