The Provident Foundation

The Provident Foundation The Provident Foundation promotes education for and provides scholarship opportunities to urban youth pursuing careers in healthcare. The Provident Foundation, located in Chicago, is dedicated to preserving the Provident Hospital and Training School legacy.

The mission of the Provident Foundation is to preserve the living legacy of Provident Hospital and the contributions of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, by promoting education for and providing scholarship opportunities to urban youth pursuing careers as doctors, nurses and health care professionals. In conjunction with the Chicago Historical Society and the DuSable Museum, the Provident Foundation colle

The mission of the Provident Foundation is to preserve the living legacy of Provident Hospital and the contributions of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, by promoting education for and providing scholarship opportunities to urban youth pursuing careers as doctors, nurses and health care professionals. In conjunction with the Chicago Historical Society and the DuSable Museum, the Provident Foundation colle

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Today is #Give828- The BLACKEST Day of Giving! A gift from you, in any way, shape, or form, will not only have a huge im...
08/28/2021

Today is #Give828- The BLACKEST Day of Giving! A gift from you, in any way, shape, or form, will not only have a huge impact on Provident Foundation and our cause but the uplifting of Black-led/ Black benefitting organizations as well! How are you planning to give? Here’s where to give: www.give828.org

Today is #Give828- The BLACKEST Day of Giving! A gift from you, in any way, shape, or form, will not only have a huge impact on Provident Foundation and our cause but the uplifting of Black-led/ Black benefitting organizations as well! How are you planning to give? Here’s where to give: www.give828.org

We’re one day away from #Give828! Help us reach our $2000 goal which provides educational support to students who want t...
08/27/2021

We’re one day away from #Give828! Help us reach our $2000 goal which provides educational support to students who want to pursue a career in the medical field. Remember, every little bit helps! Visit www.give828.org for more info and inspire others to join in donating.

We’re one day away from #Give828! Help us reach our $2000 goal which provides educational support to students who want to pursue a career in the medical field. Remember, every little bit helps! Visit www.give828.org for more info and inspire others to join in donating.

We’re not letting #COVID19 stop us from celebrating Black-led and Black-benefitting organizations. Join us for #Give828,...
08/20/2021

We’re not letting #COVID19 stop us from celebrating Black-led and Black-benefitting organizations. Join us for #Give828, a virtual, giving day
dedicated to uplifting the organizations built by us, for us. Learn more about the Provident Foundation at www.give828.org

We’re not letting #COVID19 stop us from celebrating Black-led and Black-benefitting organizations. Join us for #Give828, a virtual, giving day
dedicated to uplifting the organizations built by us, for us. Learn more about the Provident Foundation at www.give828.org

Will you support us and other Black-led and Black-benefitting organizations. We believe in investing in our community. I...
08/13/2021

Will you support us and other Black-led and Black-benefitting organizations. We believe in investing in our community. If you agree, join us for #Give828! On 8/28, we, along with other nonprofits, will be participating in the only giving day dedicated to supporting Black-led/Black-benefitting organizations. Learn more at www.give828.org

Will you support us and other Black-led and Black-benefitting organizations. We believe in investing in our community. If you agree, join us for #Give828! On 8/28, we, along with other nonprofits, will be participating in the only giving day dedicated to supporting Black-led/Black-benefitting organizations. Learn more at www.give828.org

This #BlackPhilanthropyMonth, support Provident Foundation during #Give828, a #fundraising campaign like no other. On 8/...
08/06/2021

This #BlackPhilanthropyMonth, support Provident Foundation during #Give828, a #fundraising campaign like no other. On 8/28 from 8am - 11pm, we will be joining the Young, Black & Giving Back Institute in their call for financial support of grassroots organizations that specifically serve Black communities. Will you help us celebrate and reach our $2000 goal? You can learn more about the Provident Foundation at www.give828.org

This #BlackPhilanthropyMonth, support Provident Foundation during #Give828, a #fundraising campaign like no other. On 8/28 from 8am - 11pm, we will be joining the Young, Black & Giving Back Institute in their call for financial support of grassroots organizations that specifically serve Black communities. Will you help us celebrate and reach our $2000 goal? You can learn more about the Provident Foundation at www.give828.org

So proud and honored to share my perspective with Forbes Magazine on the living legacy and brilliance of Dr. Daniel Hale...
07/14/2021
Meet The Medical Pioneer Who Founded America’s First Black-Owned Hospital

So proud and honored to share my perspective with Forbes Magazine on the living legacy and brilliance of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams and the critical importance of Provident Hospital to the Black community.

My grandfather, James W. Myles, experienced Provident Hospital as a child, and all of his children were born at Provident. This inspired my grandfather to start the Provident Foundation to continue the living legacy of Dr. Williams by providing exposure, access and scholarships to Black and Brown youth to support them in becoming future doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals. I am so honored to continue my grandfather's legacy serving alongside our amazing administrative director and executive board. Celebrating Black genius!

https://www.forbes.com/sites/leahrosenbaum/2021/07/10/meet-the-pioneering-heart-surgeon-who-founded-americas-first-black-owned-hospital/?sh=533fb9ad6d67

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams founded Chicago’s Provident Hospital and Training School to serve Black patients.

03/19/2021
Levi Watkins, Jr. Institute

Everyone, we wanted to share an opportunity for black men interested in a 7 year undergrad to Medical or Dental School program:

TSU and Meharry Medical College have a combined program where students attend TSU for three years and then on to Meharry and finish to become an MD or DDS in 7 years instead of the traditional 8 years.

They currently have a full roster of female students but NO black males. If you know any black males who are high school seniors that want to become a medical doctor or dentist, have a 28 on the ACT and a 3.5 GPA.

Dr. Glenda Glover, President of Tennessee State University and her Community Affairs Liaison, Mrs. Barbara Murrell are actively recruiting

Prospective candidates information may be sent to: [email protected], who will forward to President Glover and Mrs. Barbara Murrell.

Students may also apply below, the deadline is 3/31/21

Levi Watkins, Jr. Institute

We were featured in the UChicago Community Accelerator!
12/27/2020
The Provident Foundation

We were featured in the UChicago Community Accelerator!

A timely mission: addressing racial disparities in healthcare during the COVID-19 era As the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified long-running racial disparities in healthcare access and education in...

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10/07/2020

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Healthcare Disparities and our Future Scholars
October 7 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Provident Foundation is hosting an online panel discussion as we examine the systemic causes of racial disparities in healthcare accentuated by COVID-19, the importance of trust and access to care in reducing these disparities in black and brown communities, the importance of diversifying America’s healthcare workforce, and the Provident Foundation’s ongoing efforts to address these challenges. During this session, you will also hear from aspiring young students in the Provident Scholars Program and the impact of our program on their career trajectory.

Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/yyx9uxzm by October 5th

Hi all please join us next week!
10/02/2020

Hi all please join us next week!

Healthcare Disparities and our Future Scholars
October 7 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Provident Foundation is hosting an online panel discussion as we examine the systemic causes of racial disparities in healthcare accentuated by COVID-19, the importance of trust and access to care in reducing these disparities in black and brown communities, the importance of diversifying America’s healthcare workforce, and the Provident Foundation’s ongoing efforts to address these challenges. During this session, you will also hear from aspiring young students in the Provident Scholars Program and the impact of our program on their career trajectory.

Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/yyx9uxzm by October 5th

Healthcare Disparities and our Future ScholarsOctober 7 | 6:00 - 7:30 pmProvident Foundation is hosting an online panel ...
09/10/2020

Healthcare Disparities and our Future Scholars
October 7 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Provident Foundation is hosting an online panel discussion as we examine the systemic causes of racial disparities in healthcare accentuated by COVID-19, the importance of trust and access to care in reducing these disparities in black and brown communities, the importance of diversifying America’s healthcare workforce, and the Provident Foundation’s ongoing efforts to address these challenges. During this session, you will also hear from aspiring young students in the Provident Scholars Program and the impact of our program on their career trajectory.

Register Here: https://tinyurl.com/yyx9uxzm by October 5th

Introducing our 2020 Provident ScholarsEarlier this summer, we selected four high school seniors to become Provident Sch...
09/09/2020

Introducing our 2020 Provident Scholars

Earlier this summer, we selected four high school seniors to become Provident Scholars. Each scholar will receive $3,000 to help with college expenses, as well as mentoring support. We wish them well as they start the next chapter of their lives and get closer to achieving their goals to become healthcare professionals!

Iyana Gross recently graduated from Kenwood High School in Chicago, and will attend Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD in the fall. Iyana has plans to be a doctor.

Samiyyah Hardison recently graduated from Kenwood High School in Chicago, and will attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. in the fall. Samiyyah has plans to be a doctor.

Samantha Reyes recently graduated from John Hancock High School in Chicago, and will attend St. Xavier University in Chicago in the fall. Samantha has plans to be a nurse and then a nurse practitioner.

Cayra Williams recently graduated from Robert Lindblom Math and Science Academy, and will attend Emory University in Atlanta, GA in the fall. Cayra plans to be a physician scientist (an MD/PhD) doing research that impacts patients of color.

09/09/2020

From Chicago State to Meharry Medical College
Written by Tamara Prather

We’ll always remember May 25, 2020. That was the day George Floyd’s last breath was taken at the knee of an officer of the state. He struggled to breath under that knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. The event came on the heels of the nation watching a video of an unarmed, unsuspecting Ahmaud Arbery being shot and killed while jogging down a Georgia road in broad daylight, and reports of a 26-year old Breonna Taylor being shot and killed in her home in the middle of the night by Louisville, KY police officers. George Floyd’s death was the last straw for many in the nation and around the world, and sparked widespread protests and an outcry for revolution that continues to today. In Chicago, the protests reached a climax on the Saturday following George Floyd’s murder, and while the fight for justice on the streets was a balm to the pain and trauma of racial oppression in many ways, it was not without complexity and pain, itself. The pain of young people being harmed in the streets, the pain of seeing many in our city value protecting property over people, and the pain of seeing others risk their health traveling through the broken glass of store windows to secure basic needs. This all intersecting with the pain of a devastating global health pandemic that disproportionately impacts Black and Brown communities.

Fighting was necessary. It was also painful. And, as hopeful as I was, I was also heartbroken and scared.

So, on Monday, June 1, when I received an e-mail from our Provident Scholar, Eric Madu, with the subject line, “I got accepted into Meharry Medical College... Thanks to the Provident Foundation!!!!!,” it brought tears of joy to my eyes, and a dose of light in the darkness.

Eric was awarded a Provident Scholarship in 2016, while a senior at Chicago State University, and has been an incredibly engaged and treasured member of the Provident Foundation family since then. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to catch-up with Eric and hear about his recent news and his inspiring journey along the way.

You see, the path from Chicago State to medical school is not traveled. Chicago State has not had a student graduate and continue on to medical school in recent history, so Eric’s journey is unique. It is one that speaks to the power of faith, persistence, hard work, and having a community of supporters that you are intentional about tapping into and maximizing. Eric and I spoke for almost an hour, and here is a sample of our conversation. I hope you enjoy it.

Tamara: Since this is the first time we’ve caught up in a while, I would love to hear about the process of applying to Meharry and getting in. What was that like, and how do you feel about it?
Eric: It’s a journey... it’s a journey that comes with being persistent. A journey that comes with being focused. It’s a journey... which... your heart cries for. It’s a journey that you know is not just for you, it’s for the people that have been left behind. It’s not just for you… it’s for the next generation that is coming behind you that needs to be affected. I graduated from Chicago State in 2017. That day of the graduation, I knew that the walk ahead of me was much bigger. After the graduation, I worked as a molecular biologist contractor doing gene sequencing. From there, I transitioned to Abbot Labs to work as a technical product support personnel. I was doing a lot of data analysis for virus testing. I worked there for about 10 months, and it was a good experience. But I knew the dream still lied ahead of me. I had taken the MCAT three times. There were men and women who supported me financially, academically. I received a scholarship of $3K from the Provident Foundation. I shadowed a general surgeon at the University of Chicago, [a connection made] through Dr. James Woodruff and the Provident Foundation's mentoring program. I also volunteered at the University of Chicago ER and logged 200 hours. All those experiences helped me [to remain focused] and know that I couldn’t leave all this investment behind. What is the next generation that I need to empower going to say? They need someone to see that this journey is achievable. So, I applied to Meharry Medical College and was routed to their masters of health science’s program. I did that program for 12 months, and it helped me to get into the medical school. That’s a transition not everyone can go through because it takes a lot of focus to go from leaving undergrad in 2017, working for two years, doing a master’s program, and still seeing the promised land. It’s amazing.

Remind me why a career in medicine is so important to you, personally.
I was born and raised in Nigeria, and migrated to the states in 2013. Before migrating to the states, living in a country in West Africa opened my eyes to healthcare inequality. My sister had Hepatitis C, which was very rough on my mother because she was a single mother. She was doing a lot to make sure my sister felt better. There was also a lot of malaria and parasite disease. The closest healthcare center was far away from the population. I knew that if there needed to be a change, I would have to step up to be the change. I decided to study biology and pursue medicine to be able to correct some healthcare inequalities, not just in West Africa, but also in the United States. You see the healthcare inequalities that COVID-19 exposed us to in this country. Now think about what is going on in African, if this is what the U.S. is experiencing. Think about India, Pakistan. Think about what is going on in Haiti, in Jamaica. Just think about that for a minute. I know that the change is within me to step up and [help] address it.

When you think about starting medical school, what do you hope your experience will be? What do you hope to learn and gain? What are you expecting and preparing yourself for?
I’m a very open person. I hope for the good, the bad, and the ugly because life will give you the three of them. I’m not hoping for medical school to be a bed of roses. I’m hoping to work through it. I’m hoping to be educated and to know how to provide the best and adequate healthcare to patients in the future. To know how to be able to care for them and to provide for them to make sure that they are well, that they are doing amazing. I’m hoping that in these four years, I will become the physician I dream of becoming. The physician that serves the underserved.

As we think about upcoming and current Provident Scholars, what advice would you give to them? Provident focuses on young scholars of color who may not have the clearest path forward to medical school. They may have some hurdles or challenges – it may be GPA, it may be the school they’re attending, they may have financial struggles. What advice would you give anyone coming up who may have a more difficult road ahead.
One of the things I would say to them is, “never feel that you are inadequate.” Each of us come to points in our lives where we question things that have happened in the past, but believing that the next step might be the right step is what you need to do. Number two is maximize all resources. You live life just once. You’re going to get a lot of things from the Provident Foundation - maximize it, hunger for it, run after it like never before. Maximize the connections they give to you. Maximize the fact that you’re able to reach out to people who are going to be able to send your name and speak good for you to people who can help you. Dr. James [Woodruff] reached out to me after receiving a scholarship saying we don’t just want to give you a scholarship, we want to mentor you. I was able to log hours at University of Chicago ER because I reached out to them. All of these things helped differentiate me in my medical school application. The third one I want to say is share your failures with [Provident]. The second time I took the MCAT, I sent it to Dr. James and said I got this low score and I don’t know what to do. He encouraged me to try again. Also, share your success stories – this is what encourages the next generation. Number four, make sure that you reach back to the next generation. It is very important. At the end of life, it is not what you have in your bank account, it is how much life you have impacted.

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