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Program Overview

health care worker and patient

The Pathways for Emerging Healthcare Leaders program is funded by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH). This five-year program aims to increase diversity and cultural competence within the healthcare workforce so that it matches the demographics of the general population. In the long-term, these efforts are expected to lead to a decrease in racial/ethnic health disparities.

Program Goals

  • Nurture high school students' awareness and interest in healthcare professions through exposure to career paths and community health concerns
  • Prepare under-represented racial/ethnic (URE) and disadvantaged students for acceptance into health profession degree programs - through STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) enrichment and college-prep work - with the goal of bachelor's degree attainment

This program targets URE and disadvantaged students starting in ninth grade and and follows them longitudinally over the next four years. Development of a Health Professions Academy of 40 students will be selected from Hughes STEM High School.

Program Leaders

Greer Glazer, Dean of UC College of Nursing and Co-Principal Investigator

Karen Bankston, Associate Dean of Clinical Practice, Partnership and Community Engagement and Co-Principal Investigator

Karen Grimley, Health Professions Coach Coordinator

Moriah Israel, Health Professions Coach