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The Health Equity Academy II

The Duke University School of Nursing Academy for Academic and Social Enrichment and Leadership Development for Health Equity II (Health Equity Academy II or HEA II) is a competitive academic and professional socialization program for students interested in a career in nursing who aspire to leadership in the profession and advanced levels of graduate education. The HEA II, funded by Health Resources and Services Administration Nursing Workforce Diversity grant D19HP30844, focuses on social determinants of health (SDH), health access, health disparities, diversity, and health equity in the preparation of HEA II Scholars destined to become the next generation of minority nurse leaders. High achieving/high potential minority students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college in any major are encouraged to apply.

HEA II Scholars participate in the Pre-entry Immersion in Nursing (PIN) Program, an intensive six-week summer immersion experience at the Duke University School of Nursing designed to cultivate enhanced understanding of the social determinants of health and prepare the Scholars for entry into the School’s Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing (ABSN) Program. Scholars receive a stipend to live on campus and work with Duke faculty, advisors, and mentors while exploring health access, health disparities, and health equity. After completing the PIN summer experience, HEA II Scholars matriculate into the Duke ABSN degree program. As Scholars progress through the 16-month program, the HEA II Pathways to Success in Nursing (PSN) Program will provide a variety of academic and social supports, including structured mentorship, health equity training, and access to a professional advisor and the student success center during this period of the ABSN academic program.  HEA II Scholars will also receive scholarship and need-based stipend support.

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