The project improves primary health care in these areas by:
Increasing the number of students from ethnic minorities who attend medical and nursing schools. The project works with partner schools and relevant stakeholders, such as, the provincial people committees, the provincial committee for ethnic minority affairs, etc., to advocate for more enrollments of high school students to medical schools.
Improving the quality of teaching in general by updating the primary health curricula, and by tailoring curricula to better address cultural barriers and challenges to healthy behavior and care-seeking in minority communities.
New opportunities for field teaching in remote sites in areas with high concentrations of ethnic minority populations expand students’ understanding of the need for better services in those areas, and increase the likelihood that they will go on to practice in those areas after graduation.
Better preparing ethnic students so that they can return to their ethnic minority communities to serve as health professionals.