The Health Equity Academy

The Duke University School of Nursing announces the Academy for Academic and Social Enrichment and Leadership Development for Health Equity (Health Equity Academy). The Health Equity Academy (HEA), a newly funded Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nursing Workforce Diversity grant (D19HP25902), is the next generation of the Making a Difference in Nursing II (MADIN II) program. MADIN II concludes December 31, 2013.

The Health Equity Academy is a competitive academic and professional socialization program for students who are interested in a career in nursing and aspire to leadership in the profession and advanced levels of graduate education. It will focus on Social Determinants of Health (SDH), health access, health disparities, diversity and health equity in the preparation of HEA Scholars destined to become the next generation of minority nurse leaders.

HEA Scholars are high-achieving/high-potential minority students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. They participate in an intensive six-week summer immersion experience designed to cultivate an understanding of the social determinants of health and matriculate into Duke’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program.

The Health Equity Academy application deadline is December 1, 2013. For eligibility criteria and application information, please visit For immediate questions, contact HEA Program Coordinator Julie Cusatis at

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