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Minority Outreach Initiative Officially Launched at FIU

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Topic: TRAIN

Author: Samantha Draper

Date: 2/22/2012

Florida International University (FIU) had their official launch of the Public Health Foundation’s minority outreach initiative.  This event was held at the Marc Building Pavilion on the campus January 26, 2012 and was attended by many interested students and FIU staff. 


Funded by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this initiative seeks to increase access to advanced study and career opportunities in public health for minorities as minority populations, including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and certain segments of the nation’s Asian/Pacific Islander population, which are not present in significant numbers within the public health workforce.  The hope is that this initiative will increase the number of minority undergraduate students whose gained awareness of the public health field may lead them into a career in public health.


In order for this initiative to be successful at least 35 students from FIU need to complete one of the two introductory public health courses through TRAIN and the accompanying evaluation.  The two courses that students can choose from are:

The deadline for completion of the course and accompanying evaluation is March 2, 2012.  There will then be a closing ceremony held on FIU’s campus for participating students to provide feedback on the initiative and to receive the incentives for participation.


If you are a current student at Florida International University and would like to participate in this initiative please contact Samantha Draper ( for more information.  


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Minority Outreach Initiative Officially Launched at FIU