Meharry SACS students named Direct Relief Scholars

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Meharry School of Applied Computational Sciences has named nine students as Direct Relief Scholars. The goal of the program is to develop diverse leaders with the expertise to eliminate heath disparities. The honor includes tuition support a well as funding to attend national health disparities conferences and for an internship that will provide research and exposure to issues affecting health disparities.

The following students, who are in the Fall 2023 Cohort for the Master of Science in Biomedical Data Science degree program, are the scholarship recipients.

Julian Broughton
Virginia Butler
Gabrielle Dawkins
Ariel Edwards
Owen Hendricks
Micaiah Mcdonald
Destiny Pounds
Nadeem Sabir
Jean-Hus Theodore

Dean Fortune Mhlanga, Ph.D.

“We are so grateful to Direct Relief’s support and know that they will help us make a lasting impact on addressing health disparities,” says Fortune S. Mhlanga, Ph.D., dean of Meharry SACS. “These students will learn to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze data and create software to help ensure communities of color have access to exceptional health care.”

A grant from Direct Relief’s Fund for Health Equity, provides the funding, with some additional support from Meharry SACS. The fund mobilizes financial resources for organizations focused on non-clinical interventions that affect a person’s health. Commonly known as the social determinants of health, these factors include an individual’s physical, social, cultural, and economic environment.

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