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With Its Largest-Ever Grant, HBCU Meharry Medical College Plans to Serve the Underserved

Meharry Medical College has always upheld the philosophy of “serving the underserved” and strived to make this their greatest legacy during its 144-year existence. According to Forbes, its legacy has been threatened by the student loan debt enemy that impacts close to 930 students that attend Meharry across its three schools. This year (2020), the school of medicine’s graduating class averaged $285,743 in debt. The American business magazine also reports that not only is student loan debt a challenge but Historically Black Colleges and Universities, who receive 70 percent less in endowments than non-HBCUs, are historically underfunded. “We have to live up to the same standards as the other 170 medical schools,” said Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, Meharry’s president on the topic of accreditation. “There’s this assumption that somehow we’re different because we happen to be predominately Black,” Dr. Hildreth said. “I’m not diminishing the HBCU part because it is special, and we want to...

Sep 16, 2020

Black Doctors Matter: Mike Bloomberg Donates $100M to HBCU Medical Schools

HBCU medical schools matter! Only 5 percent of practicing physicians are Black according to a study conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges . As racial disparities within the medical field continue to increase, it is vital to create more Black doctors that will know how to care for Black patients who are often neglected. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has announced that he will make a $100 million donation through Bloomberg Philanthropies, according to a press release . This will be circulated in the form of scholarships for students who are currently enrolled in medical programs at four HBCU medical schools that have been impacted by COVID-19. “COVID-19 has been especially devastating for the Black community, and the scarcity of Black doctors practicing in Black communities is one reason for it,” Bloomberg said in a press statement . The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative was created to increase generational wealth among Black families and...

Sep 3, 2020