In August of 1999, the United States Health Resources and Services Administration's Bureau of Health Professions awarded The University of Arizona, Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) - College of Medicine and Mexican American Studies and Research Center (MASRC) a three-year, $1.2 million dollar grant to create an Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence.
In September of 2003, The University of Arizona College of Medicine was funded for $1.5 million over the next three years.
This AzHCOE funding provided the institution with the opportunity and resouces to review, organize and consolidate its efforts to promote greater participation of Hispanics/Latinos in the medical professions.
The funds were used specifically for the following purposes:
- Increase the number of Hispanic/Latino medical students
- Support and improve Hispanic/Latino medical student academic performance
- Provide training in cultural competence for all medical students
- Increase the number of Hispanic/Latino medical faculty
- Promote biomedical research by and about Hispanics/Latinos
- Provide coordination for outreach programs targeting Hispanic/Latino undergraduate and community college students
- Expand library resources in Hispanic/Latino health for academic and community use
The University of Arizona's Hispanic Center of Excellence program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Careers Diversity and Development.