UW Health internship aims to tackle lack of diversity in medical field

Published: Jul. 25, 2017 at 5:53 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- A program at UW Health is promoting diversity in the medical field, by providing students from underrepresented communities with internship opportunities.

"We had an eye towards diversity and baking that in because I wanted the students who wouldn't otherwise be exposed to these careers or this information or experience, to do that," said Bridgett Willey, Director of Allied Health Education and Career Pathways at UW Health.

Students are connected to the program through local organizations that provide pre-college planning assistance. All interns are required to participate in a one-day training course offered through the Health Occupations and Professions Exploration (HOPE) program.

Edgewood College sophomore Nanceny Fanny participated in the HOPE program when she was in high school.

"I would like to become a certified nurse midwife," said Fanny. "And probably travel to developing countries and help with women's health."

Fanny said she was inspired to pursue a career in the medical field after witnessing the difficulties lack of adequate care firsthand in her family's native country of Ivory Coast.

"From my personal experience of losing family members from treatable illnesses," she said. "I just want to be a resource and tool for people to use"

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