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Freedom Riders were students who risked their lives for simply and deliberately violating Jim Crow laws in the south in order to challenge segregation. These heroic leaders made change happen.


Although the days of Jim Crow laws are in the past, the legacy of racism is not.  At NAATPN, we believe in the importance of preparing the next generation to become advocates in the effort to increase health, economic and social equity in their communities. If you are dedicated to bringing quality health care and health care services to the underserved and often under-represented, we invite you to attend The Freedom Riders Institute.  


Objectives for the Freedom Riders Institute are to:

  • Increase knowledge of the impact of health disparities on physical, social and economic environments

  • Demonstrate the relationship between health equity, social justice, and economic security

  • Illustrate linkages between various fields of study at institutes of higher learning and health equity

  • Demonstrate ways to utilize relationships, networks and strategic partners to advocate for and initiate change


The Freedom Riders Institute is a day-long pre-conference workshop held on the September 10, the day before the State of Black Health National Conference.  Along with access to the full conference, Freedom Riders will learn the correlation between health, social justice and economic development. They will also learn networking strategies from top industry professionals.


Freedom Riders will have the opportunity to play visible support roles during parts of the conference, allowing you the chance to network and make valuable career connections with professionals attending or presenting at the conference.


If you are a current undergrad or graduate college student with an interest in health equity or helping your community achieve optimal health, we invite you to apply as a Freedom Rider. Your conference registration will be entirely free. Travel scholarships are available.  


Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student in a college or university

  • Be 18–24 years old

  • Aspire to improve health in their community

  • Be able to attend both the Freedom Riders Institute and the State of Black Health Conference, September 10 – 13

  • Provide letters of recommendation from 2 professors


Priority given to those who:

  • Can connect their course of study to health equity issues

  • Who have submitted an accepted abstract


Scholarship Guidelines:

  • Covered expenses include:  Air transportation to Atlanta, 4 nights hotel accommodations from Sunday, Sept. 9th – Thursday, September 13th, and registration for the State of Black Health National Conference

  • Attendees are responsible for the following expenses: ground transportation (to/from hotel, airport, etc.), meals other than meals on conference agenda, tips, parking, rental cars, hotel incidental charges, etc.

  • Attendees will share accommodations and be booked in a double room with another same sex attendee


Deadline to apply is August 1 by midnight. This opportunity is first come first serve, so apply early.  For questions, and to submit letters of recommendation, please contact us at: