(Updated 9/9/2014) A group of doctors has embarked on a road trip to reach out to the next generation of aspiring medical students in underserved communities.As a co-founder of the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, Dr. Alden Landry and his colleagues have put their outreach and mentoring efforts into overdrive.“If we’re going to address health disparities, we have to think outside the box,” Landry said.A mentoring campaign on wheels, the tour’s bus has reached more than 2,000 students since it began rolling in 2012.“Many students don’t know where to get guidance,” said Landry. “Our solution is to go to them.”He is convinced that the Tour can get more minorities into the health professions, resulting in greater access to care for underserved communities.“Down the road,” he said. “this can significantly help to eliminate health disparities.”The tour is the brainchild of Landry and Kameron Leigh Matthews, who as members of the Student National Medical Association board worked to increase the number of culturally diverse physicians.When they realized that the association wasn’t reaching many historically Black colleges and universities or community colleges, which enroll large numbers of racial and ethnic minorities, they considered going directly to the students. One of them blurted out, “We should just get on a bus!”It was a radical notion. While a few medical career fairs tried to break down the barriers confronting underserved students, none of them got on a bus to do it.After the duo finished their residencies in 2011, Landry called Matthews. “Kam, it’s now or never,” he said.The Aetna Foundation and the U.S. Army pledged financial backing. Colleagues and medical students with diverse backgrounds, who knew firsthand the value of mentors, signed on.“We always have people coming up saying, ‘How can I get on the bus?’” Landry says.Landry’s first mentor was his own grandmother, a registered nurse who pushed him to become a physician. Later, through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Minority Medical Education Program, he met a Black ER doctor who mentored him through medical school and residency. His said his own efforts now are a way to repay their dedication.Whether educating youth about health care through his Hip Hop Health nonprofit or wheeling down the road with his tour, Landry is invested in his mentees. To hear them tell it, the investment is worth it.“To see people that look like you and have achieved your dreams is priceless,” one tour attendee said.“After today,” another added, “I believe I can do anything.”
Cocky? Perhaps. Confident? Absolutely. And that’s a good thing.Cornerbacks have it tough, as today’s rules are meant to make it more difficult to stop receivers. If Peterson can live up to his potential then he, along with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes can form one of the better secondaries in the NFL. He has the size, the tools and the swagger. However, only time will tell if stardom is really in his future. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Well, Peterson has his sights set on a bigger piece of real estate, as he told USA Today.“I don’t want an island,” the fifth overall selection in the second prime-time draft said. “I want a universe.” Expectations are high for Patrick Peterson, and there is hope his addition will give the Cardinals one of the better secondaries in the NFL.On his own, though, people are talking about Peterson in the same way they do New York Jets corner Darrelle Revis, who is so good that he is left to cover receivers without any help. The scenario has been dubbed “Revis Island”, as the only inhabitants are the corner and whatever wideout he is matched up against. Legend has it once you arrive you are rarely, if ever, heard from again. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories
We’ve found 10 affordable hotspots where you can shed those winter layers and top up your vitamin D, all with great value off-season price tags. Explore cheap flight deals in the app Hotels in Cape Verde 6. Dubai Car hire in Madeira Best for: something a bit different Flights to Gran Canaria Flights to Doha 2. Cape Verde 9. Cyprus Best for: history buffs Flights to Oman Flights to Cape Verde ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Flights to The Gambia Winter feels like spring on the island of Madeira owing to its pleasant climate, mild waters and fresh mountain scenery. There are some lovely beaches, but the lush flora and laurel forests are real highlights. The island’s volcanic peaks and rich-yet-rugged terrain make it the perfect place to get outdoors for walks, rambles or hikes with a view. Hire a car to experience the landscape on four wheels or catch a boat for a spot of dolphin and whale watching. Get a taste of Portugal in the capital, Funchal, where you can photograph the colonial architecture, listen to traditional fado music and have a tipple of its namesake wine. Where will you find some winter sun? Thanks to its location, Cyprus has some of the best winter weather you’ll find without leaving Europe. Some like it hot, sure, but for those who don’t mind it mild, a winter’s day in Cyprus is just like a spring day in the UK, around 17-19°C. With a divide of Turkish and Greek influence, this little island is one, quite literally, of two sides. As one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean, it’s steeped in myths and history, which means that beyond the beaches, there are plenty of ancient ruins to explore. Take a pit-stop from your adventures for a meze feast – no trip to Cyprus would be complete without a slither (or five) of halloumi. Some hotels close for the winter season, but expect great low-season value at the ones that stay open. Best for: adventure seekers 4. Morocco Best for: a sunny city break 3. The Gambia Flights to Madeira Flights to Lanzarote Flights to Tenerife Flights to Morocco Similar to the UAE, this Middle Eastern country comes with year-round sunshine and an achievable flight time. Oman isn’t as well-known or flashy as Dubai, but what it lacks in cutting-edge modernities, it more than makes up for with its rich cultural heritage. It’s perfect for adventure lovers looking for something a little more than a fly-and-flop beach break. Instead, spend your days driving to Jebel Shams (Oman’s highest mountain) and exploring the desert wilderness of Sharqiya Sands. Both Pioneer Hotel (prices start at £48) and Al Ferdous Hotel Apartments (prices start at £41) offer great value for money in Muscat. Whether you’re looking for a base to explore or beachside luxury, browse more hotels in Oman and find the perfect fit for your stay. There are several reasons UK travellers flock to the Canary Islands when they head south for the winter. There’s the sub-tropical climate – the islands stay a balmy 20°C when most of Europe is freezing – and the snappy flight time (less than four and a half hours from London). Then there are seven islands to choose from depending on your holiday style, and all of them come with inviting beaches and impressive volcanic landscapes. Choose from something-for-everyone Tenerife, glamorous Gran Canaria, rugged Lanzarote or surfers’ paradise Fuerteventura – the latter two are slightly cooler, but also drier. Whichever island you choose, look for hotels and resorts on the south coast for the most pleasant weather. Best for: nature lovers Flights to Dubai Best for: getting outdoors 8. Mexico All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 23 October 2018. Hotels in Oman 1. The Canary Islands 7. Oman Hotels in Morocco It may be the smallest country in Africa, but there are plenty of postcard-worthy beaches to be found in The Gambia. Daytime temperatures hover in the high-twenties, often tipping 30°C. Plus, winter is dry season, so you can leave your brolly at home. Soak up the sun and sea at the coastal resorts of Bakau, Fajara and Kotu – you’ll be spoiled for choice with cheap and cheerful hotels, too, like the beachside Lemon Creek Hotel Resort in Bijilo where prices start at £56. After you’ve had your fill of beaches, head inland to explore the namesake river at the heart of the country. Its verdant basin brims with wildlife: spot hippos, manatees, monkeys and hundreds of bird species. Best for: beautiful beaches Year-round sunshine and a relatively short flight are two big draws to this shimmering oasis in the desert. Superlative Dubai is well known for its glitz and glamour, but skyscrapers and malls aside, we’re here for the sun. Even in winter, expect temperatures of around 25°C. That’s perfect weather for sun-worshipping on Jumeirah beach or heading out on a desert safari for a camel’s-eye-view of the city. The overwhelming choice of flights and hotels keep top-line prices down. But be warned, the cost of eating, drinking and shopping can quickly add up in this sleek city. Take a look at our local’s guide to Dubai for more ideas on what to do, including where to find the best Emirati cuisine. Sometimes referred to as ‘the new Dubai’, Doha is one of the most dynamic cities in the Gulf and a world-class city in the making. While it might not spring to mind as easily as its glitzy neighbour across the water, everything in Qatar’s capital is, quite literally, up and coming. With reinvented souqs, a new metro system, several world cup stadiums in the works, and skyscrapers popping up all over the place, this city has plenty to boast about. You can expect the weather to stay in the low twenties, and so unlike the summer months (when everyone becomes a slave to the aircon) winter is a great time to explore the city on your own two feet – stroll along the Corniche, a long seaside promenade that curves around Doha Bay with places to eat and beautiful views. Hotels in Doha, like Warwick Doha, are luxurious but affordable and start at £54 a night. If you’re willing to spend a little more time in the air, unlike other long-haul, winter sun destinations like Thailand or the Caribbean, there are plenty of deals that make Mexico an affordable option. Winter is the coolest time to visit Mexico, which helps bring the price down further. Plus, thanks to its tropical climate you can still expect temperatures in the early- to mid-twenties most days. Head to the Riviera Maya for beautiful beaches and golden sand and soak up the varied Mexican culture. You’ll be spoilt for choice with budget hotels too – couples will love Villas El Encanto where prices start at £76 in Cozumel, while Hotel Los Girasoles is a cheap option in Cancun with prices starting at £22. Hotels in The Gambia Flights to Fuerteventura Like the Canary Islands, Cape Verde is an archipelago of volcanic islands west of Africa. It’s a little further away – a six-hour flight – but with the extra distance comes warmer weather. Even midwinter, temperatures range from 21-26°C. Expect to find Creole Portuguese-African hospitality that’s just as warm as the weather. Fill your days hiking craggy mountains, sunning yourself on powdery beaches – Sal and Boa Vista islands have some of the best – and when the sun goes down, hit the bars and clubs for a taste of the lively music scene. Accommodation is affordable too, like Boutique Hotel Praia Maria on Santiago from £40 a night, the largest of the islands, or Pontao Hotel on Sal starting at £51. Take a look at our guide to Sal, which is one of the most popular islands to visit and is home to some excellent kite surfing spots. Best for: a holiday with something for everyone Just beyond Europe, Morocco feels a world away despite its relatively short flight. Perched on the edge of the Sahara Desert, it remains warm throughout winter, which also happens to be the cheapest time to fly. For a city break in the sun, head to the enticing city of Marrakech. After you’ve whiled away the day sipping mint tea and wandering the labyrinthine souks, relax in a traditional Moroccan house, called a riad. Riad Chi-Chi is a great value boutique hotel, with prices starting at £48, situated in the heart of the medina. Check out our round-up of the nine best things to do in the city. If you’ve already explored Marrakech, a trip to Agadir or Fez could be an equally affordable, sun-soaked Moroccan escape. Best for: affordable long-haul Hotels in Cyprus Hotels in Dubai 5. Madeira 10. Doha Best for: glitz and glamour Hotels in Doha Flights to Mexico Flights to Cyprus Hotels in Mexico RelatedWhere’s hot in February?February may be the most romantic month, but it’s a chilly one in the UK. If you’re looking for some sun and a little bit of heat, consult our official guide to where’s hot in February, from Thailand to the Canary Islands.Where’s hot in March?Spring hasn’t quite sprung, but it’s tantalisingly close. If you’re looking for a bit early sun, we’ve got plenty of suggestions, from the Dominican Republic to Morocco.Where to go for guaranteed winter sunWith the last bank holiday out of the way, you’ll need some winter sun to look forward to this season. Here are the best places to go in October, November, December and January for escaping the winter blues.