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The Minority Fellowship Program

We help nurses to study and work in environments where their human potential can be fully realized. The Minority Fellowship Program is becoming an honored tradition within the American Nurses Association, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), and the hearts and minds of Fellows, leaders in nursing, and health care institutions in global communities. The MFP’s staff and its National Advisory Committee recruit and nurture individuals from specific ethnic groups: African Americans, American Indian and Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans. Within this diversity of its Fellows, it focuses on excellence in research, practice, public policy, and leadership, within local and global communities; it embraces change and helps to shape the future of health care delivery. We welcome your interest in the MFP and in psychiatric and mental health nursing.

For nearly three decades, the MFP has aided ethnic nurses in attaining advanced degrees in mental health related areas. The two-fold intent is to expand and enhance the scientific knowledge of mental health care, and to provide quality culturally relevant care to a diverse group of individuals and families within the National and throughout the global community. Since its inception in 1974, the program has nurtured more than 200 Fellows, and these individuals now work in a variety of settings. They are leaders in research, clinical practice, public policy, administration, and community service. Some of them have attained some of the loftiest and most highly respected positions in health and government organizations, academic institutions, national and international boards and advisory groups, and other influential activities.

Specific approaches to our mission include identifying and nurturing individuals who have an interest in and a potential for research in mental health related phenomena and clinical practice as providers. Each of these approaches is essential for the expansion and enhancement of knowledge, and improved practice, both of which are antecedents to evidence based mental health outcomes. The MFP at the American Nurses Association emphasizes the mental health and physical health needs of ethnic/minority populations, and is committed to improving their overall health and well-being through providing a uniquely designed doctoral program.

This program provides nurses with stipends, tuition payments to universities, dissertation support, mentoring, career guidance, intensive research and clinical workshops, and opportunities to interact with and learn from experts in a multitude of disciplines that address, for example, culture, mental health, public policy, and clinical issues.

The MFP helps to shape the careers of Fellows. Leadership seminars are provided; multidisciplinary seminars and conferences, and assistance with career enhancement opportunities are some of the numerous extended roles and functions of the MFP. Our approach also demands that we place the plethora of health needs of ethnic populations in juxtaposition with the Fellows’ courses of study, their dissertation topics, and their career goals, with the intent of contributing to the scientific and clinical expertise necessary to systematically and sensitively address troublesome mental health areas that negatively impact ethnic/minority populations. Moreover, we also embrace the scientific exploration of the numerous strengths that they manifest.

The MFP works within the context of a watchful National Advisory Committee composed of renowned ethnic/minority nurses, that provide oversight, direction, and recommendations related to all aspects of the program. They also monitor the Fellows’ progress through their doctoral programs, make recommendations, and determine if the Fellows’ academic program is in compliance with the mission and intent of the MFP, and the SAMHSA guidelines.

This is one of the Nation’s most successful programs for the education of ethnic/minority nurses for advanced study in mental health and psychiatric research and clinical service. Its achievements are unparallel.