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Sociology Undergraduate Elected Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar

Posted: May 24, 2012

Sociology student Robiel Abraha has been elected as one of 15 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars for 2012. Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars will have the opportunity to learn first-hand about health policy and the policymaking process during 11 weeks in Washington, DC, working in Congressional offices, participating in seminars and site visits organized by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and completing a health policy analysis project.

The Foundation established the Barbara Jordan Scholars Program in memory of former U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan--the first African American woman elected to Congress from Texas and a member of the Foundation's board of trustees when the modern day Kaiser Family Foundation was established in the early 1990s.

"The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program helps today’s promising students become tomorrow’s health policy leaders," said Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman. "This program honors Barbara’s legacy by providing real-world opportunities in public service for these outstanding Scholars."

The program introduces rising college seniors and recent graduates with an interest in issues affecting racial and ethnic minorities and underserved communities to the federal legislative process and current issues in health policy. In addition to working on Capitol Hill, Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in seminars and site visits organized by the Foundation to broaden their knowledge of health care issues. Under the guidance of the Foundation's staff, the Scholars will also write and present a policy memo that provides an in-depth analysis of a health care issue.

This year's Scholars were chosen from about 200 applicants. The program operates in partnership with Howard University, which provides administrative support and houses the scholars in D.C.

More information about the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program is available online.

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