AAMA Applauds $100M Bloomberg Donation to Historically Black Schools
Published on September 04, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg pledged to donate $100 million to the nation’s four historically Black medical schools. The funding will help support the training of more Black doctors, which will in turn help patients of color across the nation.
Mayor McKinley Price, DDS (Newport News, VA) -- President of the African American Mayors Association offered the following statement in response:
“We thank former Mayor Mike Bloomberg for his unprecedented investment in historically Black medical schools. These institutions play a critical role in improving the health and well-being of all Americans, but particularly uplift traditionally marginalized groups. Mayor Bloomberg’s donation will provide the support and resources African Americans need to boldly chase their dreams of becoming physicians and dentists, transforming communities across the country and changing the face of medicine.”
“As a Howard dental school graduate, I know first-hand the impact Mayor Bloomberg’s contribution will have on the approximately 800 students receiving these scholarships. Black doctors provide quality care to communities that are often overlooked and unseen. Currently, only 5% of all doctors are African American. Historically Black medical schools produce over 80% of the Black physicians and dentists practicing in the United States. These institutions also conduct groundbreaking research on the unique health challenges often faced by communities of color. Mayor Bloomberg’s donation will produce the next generation of Black doctors at a critical time in our nation and world, as COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting and killing people of color.”