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Travel Grants available for Conference on History of African Americans in the Medical Professions (CHAAMP), applications due May 15

Alexandria, VA, April 11, 2013 – The CHAAMP Advisory Board will provide Travel Grants to support individuals attending the Conference on History of African Americans in the Medical Professions at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC from June 14 to 16, 2013. Given university budget cuts and travel restrictions, priority will be given to teachers and faculty. The application deadline has been extended to May 15, 2013.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Virginia with co-sponsorship by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, National Association of Minority Medical Educators, The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions, along with The Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities/Institute of Medicine and Cultural Program of the National Academy of Sciences, and other university Centers.

CHAAMP will focus on ways to engage learners at all levels through classroom instruction and activities, and strategies to disseminate information through educational and public programming on the significant contributions of African Americans in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health and science. Speakers are nationally recognized leaders in these areas and will provide examples of their curricula, instructional programs, online resources, and traveling exhibits, all available for use free of charge.

Participants will have ample opportunity to work directly with the speakers in workshops designed to provide hands-on experience using some of the online resources. Time will be provided also to talk with institutional staff who oversee distribution to make available free of charge engaging traveling exhibits on the history and contributions of African Americans in dentistry, medicine, science and engineering that can be used to promote this history among a broader audience.

Grant Requirements:

All interested individuals must complete an online application which includes a 200-word essay. The essay should provide information on how attending the conference will enhance the applicant’s professional development and benefit the community/students that he/she serves. The maximum travel grant will be $500 per individual.

If awarded, grantees must write a short article for website publication highlighting his/her experience at the conference or experience implementing educational programs for his/her students. Scholarships will be awarded after the May 15 deadline if additional resources remain.


Please print or type all information into the application on the CHAAMP website. The 200-word essay must be double-spaced, typed and attached to this application at the time of submission. Incomplete applications, or those received after the deadline will not be considered in the initial round of awards. The reduced hotel rates end on April 29, 2013 so applicants must reserve a room as soon as they are awarded a grant.

Increasing diversity in the health professionals is a national priority and this conference is designed to take that message into the classroom at every level, to inspire youth – whether in middle school or in college to envision themselves as future health professionals.

For more information, contact Preston Reynolds at or Judy Pointer at Please visit the CHAAMP website and register now..

About The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions

Under the leadership of Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions was organized in January 2005, to act on the reports and recommendations of the Sullivan Commission (Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions, September, 2004), and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Healthcare Workforce (In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce). The Alliance’s goal is to provide the focused leadership, deep commitment, and sustainable efforts that will result in the addition to our nation’s workforce of more well-trained health professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds able to provide quality health care and innovative research in the decades ahead.

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