Xavier University Alum Named 2009 Barbara Jordan Scholar
Trevonne Walford, a 2009 Xavier University honor graduate
was named a 2009 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar by
the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation. She is serving a nine-week
(through July 27) position as staff to a congressional office
and learn first-hand about health policy and the
Walford was one of 12 students selected nationwide, chosen
from among more than 200 applicants. The Scholars have an
opportunity to learn first-hand about health policy and the
policymaking process as staff to a congressional office.
While at Xavier Walford, a native of Pikesville, Maryland,
was a biology major with a double minor in Spanish and
Chemistry. She is a graduate of Notre Dame High School.
The Foundation established the Barbara Jordan Scholars
Program in memory of former U.S. Congresswoman
Barbara Jordan – the first African American woman elected
to Congress from Texas and a deeply respected member of
the Foundation’s board of trustees.
“With health reform on the national agenda, this year’s
Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars will have a window
on an historic debate and an opportunity to gain practical
health policy experience,” said Foundation President and
CEO Drew Altman. “This program honors Barbara’s legacy,
and she would be proud to see these talented and motivated
students accomplishing her goals while achieving theirs.”
The program is designed to introduce students with an
interest in issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and
underserved communities to the federal legislative process
and current issues in health policy. In addition to working on
Capitol Hill, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits
organized by the Foundation to broaden their knowledge of
health policy issues. Under the guidance of the Foundation’s
staff, the Scholars also complete an in-depth analysis of a
health policy issue and produce a policy memo.
Cara James, Ph.D., is the Director of the Barbara
Jordan Scholars Program at the Foundation.
The program operates in partnership with