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UH College of Medicine accepts $1M grant from Bank of America for racial equality and economic opportunity development

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HOUSTON, TX - The University of Houston College of Medicine has received a $1 million grant from Bank of America to enhance primary care access in underserved urban and rural areas.

The medical school is dedicated to improving society's health treatment especially in the Greater Houston area, Texas, and beyond.

Recently, the lack of primary care physicians who treat those with low-income and minority communities in Texas is mainly caused by the limited access to a regular source of care and preventive care which resulted in higher rates of sickness and death. Not to mention the COVID-19 pandemic has made it even worse.

Therefore, Bank of America has initiated to support the medical school's primary care doctor to increase their ability through comprehensive training and advance academic programs, especially more doctors from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Through this effort, UH College of Medicine aims to encourage its graduates to choose primary care practice in Texas, even though nationally, only 20 percent of medical students choose primary care.

Renu Khator, University of Houston president, expressed his gratitude for this grant. He said that UH goals are in line with Bank of America, which is to promote an "equitable health care system and society by educating future physicians to care for those who are underserved".

By strengthening the diversity of the physician workforce, we support the importance to be culturally competent health care.

Hong Ogle, Bank of America Houston president acknowledged that Houston is the home to one of the nation’s most diverse populations and most well-renowned medical centers in the world, which needs immediate development to access better health care, especially among the underserved and minority populations across the country.

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