First National Survey of Hispanic Opinions on Health Research: More Opportunities Needed for Hispanic Youth

Scholarship Resource Guide and Hispanic Pioneers in Science Video Series Released in Response
Thursday, December 13, 2007

WASHINGTON—December 13, 2007—Hispanics believe the U.S. should make a higher commitment to health and science research and are willing to pay additional taxes to subsidize additional medical research, according to a national opinion poll released today by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) and Research!America. The poll also indicates that Hispanics do not believe there are adequate efforts to facilitate their entry into science professions.

"Hispanics place a high value on health research but want the paths to careers in science opened for Hispanic youth," said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and CEO of the Alliance. "It is imperative that measures be taken to ensure that they are encouraged to enter the science fields and Hispanic youth supported to achieve their extraordinary potential in medical and science careers."

The poll of 800 Hispanic American adults found that:


  • 82% of Hispanic Americans think our commitment to health research should be higher, compared to 51% of the general population.
  • Hispanic Americans have confidence in and value medical and scientific careers - Hispanics report that they consider physicians (88%) and scientists (79%) as prestigious careers, and they have high confidence in the medical (90%) and scientific (80%) communities.
  • Education and science career opportunities are top priorities: 89% cited expanding research career opportunities for Hispanic youth as "very important," and education was the priority most often cited (93%) by Hispanics as a "very important" U.S. priority.

"This first-ever opinion data shows the value that the Hispanic community places on research, and it should be among our nation's top priorities to expand the paths to medical and science careers so valued in the Hispanic community," said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America.

Armed with the new data, the Alliance today also released the "Student and Parent Scholarship Resource Guide" identifying scholarship and education opportunities for students interested in the sciences. Typical awards range from $1,000 to $5,000, with some programs offering awards between $20,000 and $300,000.

In addition, the Alliance released the first in its "Pioneers in Science" video series profiling the extraordinary contributions of Hispanics to health and the sciences. The inaugural video is a profile of the nation's first Hispanic Surgeon General and NY Commissioner of Health during 9/11, Dr. Antonia Coello Novello. The series seeks to inspire the next generation of Hispanic scientists with role models that have shaped today's health and science base.

"What better gift can we give our nation this holiday season, than helping this generation of youth become the next generation of scientists and medical professionals, Nobel Prize winners, discoverers of new pathways in health, and directors of the National Institutes of Health," concluded Dr. Delgado in announcing these new resources to assist and inspire Hispanic youth interested in the sciences.

The Guide to Scholarships is available to the public online at and by calling the Alliance at 1-866-783-2645.

The effort is coordinated by the Alliance's Proyecto Ciencia ® (Project Science) an initiative to foster new research, encourage the next generation of Hispanic scientists, and deliver to Hispanic communities the best in science for health decision-making. Proyecto Ciencia ® is funded jointly by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.


About the Opinion Poll

Charlton Research Company conducted the poll by telephone (random-digit dialing) with a sample size of 800 Hispanic adults and a margin of error of ±3.5%. More than half of those participating in the poll (56%) were born in Mexico, and 72% have lived in the U.S. for 10 or more years. Fully 84% chose to be interviewed in Spanish.

About Research!America

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. Founded in 1989, Research!America is supported by more than 500 member organizations that represent the voices of 125 million Americans. For more information, see

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the nation's foremost source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States. The Alliance represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 14 million each year, making a daily difference in the lives of Hispanic communities and families. For more information, visit or call the Alliance's Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-783-2645.

Media Contacts

Terri Schwartzbeck
Senior Manager of Communications 

We have health challenges in this country that science will provide answers for if given the chance and we haven't given science that opportunity
Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America