Since 2015, National Medical Fellowships (NMF) has partnered with Anthem Foundation and Empire BlueCross BlueShield Foundation to offer the Neighborhood Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). NDEP is a mentored service-learning program for qualified, minority medical and graduate nursing students that focuses on reducing adult diabetes in underserved communities.
As part of the program, scholars commit 200 hours to the community project to develop and implement a proactive diabetes education curriculum (using the CDC National Diabetes Program to guide them) to targeted groups at a variety of community sites and healthcare-related settings across NYC and LA. After a successful Year One of the program, Anthem has renewed this partnership for 2017-2018 with NMF, and will continue to expand the program by providing academic support to underrepresented medical and nursing students in both New York City and Los Angeles. Yentoneth Whyte, a nursing student from Pace University in New York City, says “This experience has opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities as far as career. I now know what I would like to do with my life; I want to be engaged in the community in a manner where I am able to educate to prevent or delay conditions and their complications like diabetes and hypertension.”
NMF looks forward to the continued partnership with Anthem Foundation towards identifying and nurturing tomorrow’s health leaders and bringing diabetes prevention education to medically underserved communities.
Call for applications will open the beginning of July. Stay tuned for further announcements.