Today, one in every four Americans belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group. Yet despite tremendous advances in health science in recent decades, minorities still fall victim to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS in numbers far greater than whites.
Clearly, it's going to take more than medicine alone to change this fact. It will take health services researchers who can understand the political, social, economic and environmental realities that have created such deep disparities in health and healthcare between minorities and whites - researchers whose minority perspectives can shape a wider discussion.
To prepare top candidates to pursue careers in health services research, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and the Health Care Management Department of the Wharton School are co-sponsoring a summer program for rising undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors from underrepresented minority groups, or anyone interested in exploring the field of health services research. The SUMR program provides students with an opportunity to receive a stipend to conduct health services research on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of Penn faculty.
This program is supported by the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI), the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), Wharton’s Deputy Dean’s office, the Provost’s Diversity Fund, the Public Policy Initiative (PPI), Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, The Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), The Masters of Science in Health Policy Research Program (MSHP) and the mentors’ research grants.