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As she wraps up her master’s degree at the University of South Florida, Mariana Arevalo already has worked on projects to improve health care access for the underserved.
But that early experience is driving Arevalo to do more.
So Arevalo and 16 other master’s-level students or health professionals joined the Institute for Health Promotion Research’s first-ever Summer Institute of Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training on June 2-6, 2011, in San Antonio.
Èxito! encourages participants to pursue a doctoral degree and careers studying how disease—especially cancer—affects Latinos differently.
“Èxito! gave me the resources that I needed to pursue my goal—motivation and pathways,” Arevalo said. “I came in with doubts about my ability to have both. Now I’m confident that with hard work, passion and persistence I can achieve both things.”
Èxito! (English: Success!), led by the IHPR at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and funded by the National Cancer Institute, annually recruits master’s students or master’s-trained health professionals from Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico and other states.
Participants take part in a five-day summer institute to provide motivation, skills and resources needed to apply for doctoral programs.