2013 School Of Medicine JUSTINA FORD AND FLORENCE SABIN SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT RECEPTION ~ Rescheduled
The University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) Office of Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with The Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library of the Denver Public Library will host a reception to honor the 2013 School Of Medicine Justina Ford Scholarship Recipient and the Florence Sabin Diversity Scholarship Award.
Justina Ford Scholarship for Commitment to the Underserved
Dr. Justina Ford graduated from Hering Medical College in Chicago in 1899. Dr. Ford was the first African American woman physician in Colorado and faced many obstacles in her professional career. Dr. Ford served the disadvantaged and under-privileged of all races. She delivered more than 7,000 babies, many at homes throughout the Five-Points region of Denver. Dr Ford was eventually allowed to practice at Denver General Hospital and was admitted to the Colorado Medical Society in 1950.
Florence Sabin Scholarship for Commitment to Community Health
This scholarship honors the famous Colorado public health pioneer Florence Sabin. In 1946, Colorado Governor John Vivian asked her to head the state health committee. Dr. Sabin found that Colorado was one of America’s sickest states. She toured all 63 Colorado counties and presented eight health reform bills to the State Legislature. After statewide success, Dr. Sabin was appointed Denver’s Manager of Health and Charities. She began a program that cut the tuberculosis rate in half and launched numerous important programs to teach and support community health.
For more information contact the School Of Medicine at 303.724.4537.
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