Above: Paul K. Longmore, Ph.D. (1946-2010), professor of history at San Francisco State University starting in 1992 and founding director of the Institute on Disability in 1996.
A $100,000 donation from Anthem Blue Cross to The Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University has established a new scholarship fund to support education-related expenses for students with disabilities who have committed to future healthcare workers, whether as direct healthcare practitioners or working in the field of health justice. This initiative is part of Anthem’s broader commitment to address California’s healthcare worker shortage and to close the gap in health disparities across the state.
“Anthem Blue Cross has made a commitment to identifying California-specific health disparities and partnering to introduce solutions that create more equitable healthcare experiences, enhance access to care and services, and improve health outcomes,” said Les Ybarra, President of Anthem Blue Cross’s Medi-Cal health plan. “For decades, Anthem has been pioneering solutions to usher in a new era of healthcare that works better for everyone, and we are pleased for the opportunity to work with the Longmore Institute on Disability, to not only help students fulfill their higher education goals but to also develop a pipeline of healthcare leaders, with disabilities, to transform healthcare delivery through a person-centered approach.”
Supporting Anthem’s important vision to see more disabled people in healthcare and medicine will have a profound impact to help overturn implicit bias from the inside while creating new opportunities for students who would not otherwise be able to afford the costs of education.
The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University studies and showcases disabled people's experiences to revolutionize social views. Through public education, scholarship, and cultural events, the Longmore Institute shares disability history and theory, promotes critical thinking and builds a broader community. At the center of this work, is an effort to challenge implicit bias, as too often people’s disabilities are assumed to signal only a deficit and a pathological problem to be cured. Both the field of disability studies and the disability rights and justice movements have repeatedly called out the medical profession as a central site in which negative assumptions about disability grow and spread. Supporting Anthem’s important vision to see more disabled people in healthcare and medicine will have a profound impact to help overturn implicit bias from the inside while creating new opportunities for students who would not otherwise be able to afford the costs of education.
Director of the Longmore Institute, Catherine Kudlick, shared:
“As future healthcare providers, SF State students are the perfect ones to change thinking and conversations right where it matters most: at the core of our healthcare system. Imagine a world where doctors and other health workers believed living with a disability brought a valuable new perspective for everyone?”
This scholarship is open to continuing undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students at every level at San Francisco State University. Healthcare and Health Justice professionals come from all backgrounds and fields -- whether science, social sciences or humanities -- all are encouraged to apply. Students interested in applying should visit SFSU’s AcademicWorks site, where they will be able to learn more and submit their application in April 2022 for support starting Fall 2022: sfsu.academicworks.com