Eight African-American College Students Named Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars

This summer 16 students of color are participating in the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars program sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation. For nine weeks the scholars work in congressional offices in Washington, D.C., and participate in seminars at Howard University. Each scholar writes a health policy research paper on a topic that disproportionately affects racial or ethnic minority groups. Scholars gain knowledge of federal legislative procedure in regard to health policy issues, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills.

Eight of this year’s scholars are African Americans. Here is a list of the black scholars along with their hometowns and the colleges at which they are enrolled.

Shaun Abrams (Brooklyn, NY) - Medgar Evers College
Jas’mon Bailey (Hutton, TX) - Texas State University
Aquanette Brown (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) - George Washington Univ.
Taja Lindley (Neptune, NJ) - New York University
Tamarie Macon (Fayetteville, NC) - Rutgers University
Shane’e Tunstall (Dayton, Ohio) - Wilberforce University
Sonthonax Vernard (Westbury, NY) - Temple University
Julian Webster (Nashville, TN) - Howard University