The Health Equity Academy II

The Academy for Academic and Social Enrichment and Leadership Development for Health Equity II
Cultivating nurse leaders committed to health equity for all people

The Duke University School of Nursing Academy for Academic and Social Enrichment and Leadership Development for Health Equity II (Health Equity Academy 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 Health Equity Academy (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.

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Benefits of HEA II

HEA II Scholars participating in the Pre-entry Immersion in Nursing (PIN) program benefit in a variety of ways:

  • Receive a stipend to live on campus and work with Duke faculty

    • No stipend will be issued for a virtual PIN program

  • Gain exposure to an array of leaders and nursing careers

  • Expand understanding of health equity concepts

  • Academic advising and career counseling

  • Networking, mentoring and social supports

  • Personal and professional development

Once matriculated into the Duke Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program, the Health Equity Academy Scholars will:

  • Receive a variety of academic and social supports

  • Participate in tutoring and study groups

  • Receive scholarship and need based stipend support

  • Have an opportunity to participate in a multitude of socialization and academic experiences

Eligibility Requirements
  • Be a member of one of the following underrepresented groups in nursing:

    • American Indian

    • African American
    • Hawaiian/Asian Pacific Islander

    • Hispanic/Latino

  • From economically disadvantaged circumstances (determined by financial aid)

  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college in any major

  • Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa

  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Submit a strong personal statement

View the HEA II Informational Webinar | View HEA Scholars Share Their HEA II Experiences

Program starts June 27, 2021 through July 23, 2021

How to apply:
  • Complete Duke's ABSN application online.

  • Check 'yes' to Health Equity Academy

  • Pay the $50 ABSN application fee


Our Mentoring to Increase Access to Health Professions (MAP), a component of the Health Equity Academy II, is a program to immerse undergraduate students into the professional nursing environment and is designed to provide ongoing mentorship to facilitate students' integration and completion of a health profession program. Mentorship by health professionals and faculty will address known barriers to successful progression of underrepresented minority students. Click here for more details about the HEA II MAP program.

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