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Urban Health Fellowship

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, in a 2009 report stated, the death rate for African Americans was higher than Whites for heart diseases, stroke, cancer, asthma, influenza and pneumonia, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and homicide. 

In response to the health crises impacting communities of color, SJLI with funding from The California Wellness Foundation has developed a six-week, hands-on internship and training fellowship.

Fellowship Goals

Boys and men of color that participate in the Urban Scholars program will be exposed to careers in both the allied health and medical fields, and will gain valuable skills supporting careers in medicine and science. By the end of the program, students will know how to: conduct personal health screenings, conduct research, take and check someone’s blood pressure, understand how to read cholesterol levels, prepare and cook healthy meals, create a fitness routine, perform CPR, become community health advocates, and understand how to pursue a career in the allied health or medical fields.

How to Apply

This summer you have the opportunity to be part of the Social Justice Learning Institute's Urban Health Fellowship, an engaging six-week fellowship program dedicated to exposing young Black and Latino males, ages 16-18, to careers in the Allied Health and Medical Fields.

At the Social Justice Learning Institute, we are dedicated to improving the education, health, and well-being of youth and communities of color by empowering them to enact social change through research, training, and community mobilization.

Fellows will gain exposure to the Allied Health and Medical Fields with the ultimate goal to place all fellows at the end of the six-weeks. High school Juniors and Seniors that are interested in pursuing a career upon high school completion are highly encouraged to apply! In addition to career placement, Fellows will be trained in a variety of topics including: CPR certification, blood pressure training, understanding how to read cholesterol levels, will learn how to prepare and cook healthy meals and will gain the tools needed to become community health advocates.

The Fellowship will run from Monday, June 27th through Friday, August 5th from 10am-3pm, everyday. In order to be eligible to apply, students must be available to participate all six weeks.

Students: For the opportunity to be a part of this Fellowship, please complete the application below. Please feel free to share with any of your friends that would be interested in participating as well.

Counselors: Please share this opportunity with 11th and 12th grade Latino and Black male students. Students can complete the application using the link below.

For more information contact Molly Katz at or call (323) 952-7363.