MacKenzie Scott Donates $12 Million to National Medical Scholarships to Help BIPOC Medical Students Cover Tuition and Promote Health Equity

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The more money you have, the longer you are likely to live.

This is what studies have shown over the years, highlighting how the social determinants of health can have a profound impact on the quality and length of life. Unfortunately, black people are the most affected by health inequalities. In 2020, it was found that there was a 1.5 year decline in national life expectancy that year, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and insufficient access to culturally competent health care.

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott aims to help solve this problem with her recent transformative gift of $12 million to National Medical Fellowships (NMF), an organization dedicated to strengthening health equity by providing scholarships to medical students. of BIPOC.

The only organization dedicated exclusively to this mission, NMF has recently expanded its efforts to focus on creating pipeline opportunities to enter healthcare roles that address all levels of patient care.

“MacKenzie Scott’s transformative philanthropic investment is the jet fuel NMF needs to take bold and decisive steps to build a more equitable and healthy future for communities of color in the United States,” said President and CEO. NMF executive Michellene Davis, Esq in a press release. “This donation is especially timely as the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking disproportionate havoc on communities of color and shining a light on the human cost of health inequities. NMF will use this unlimited gift to build its endowment and accelerate our work to invest in the development of BIPOC healthcare leaders who are focused on eliminating unnecessary and preventable health disparities experienced by communities of color.

The funds will be used to help offset significant medical school costs for students of color.

“The NMF is deeply grateful that MacKenzie Scott recognized the impactful work we have done for more than 75 years to advance health equity by providing scholarships to underrepresented medical students,” said Board Chair. administration and alumnus Sandra B. Nichols, MD, FAAFP, MHCDS, MS. “This donation sends a message to those students who want to pursue a career in healthcare. It tells them that they are needed, that they are welcome, and that they will be supported as they work to earn their degrees so they can transform the health care system into one that serves all communities. equally.

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