HBCUs Imperative in Providing Health Sciences Graduates Critical to Future of Nation's
Health and Wellness
According to a report commissioned by the presidents of the nation's four HBCU medical schools – Dr. David M. Carlisle, president and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, president of Howard University; Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, president and CEO of Meharry Medical College; and Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine – the number of African-American students in U.S. medical schools who attended HBCUs has fallen from 26 percent in 2002 to just 12 percent in 2015.
The HBCU Initiative Empower 2 conference, which will take place from June 26-28, 2017, is designed to increase the number of academically prepared HBCU graduates who apply and enroll in graduate and professional schools in health sciences fields, and diversify the workforce.