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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted the health disparities that exist in marginalized communities across the country. Communities of color across the entire country have higher mortality and morbidity rates (Jordan 2020) due to COVID-19. The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) is a four-county region that consists of a population of over 90% Hispanic. Furthermore, the RGV harbors some of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease nationwide. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (UTRGVSOM) working alongside the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Nurturing Experiences for Tomorrow’s Community Leaders (NEXT) developed an inter-disciplinary public service initiative to help address the inequities seen in the RGV.

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medical student

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Internal Medicine



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