New initiative will prepare high school students for health science careers

Emory University School of Medicine (SOM), in collaboration with Emory College of Arts & Sciences, Atlanta Public Schools (APS), and Atlanta Area Health Education Center, has received a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to educate and expose high school students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to career opportunities in health professions. 

The new initiative, Emory Pipeline Collaborative (EPiC), aims to prepare students from five Atlanta high schools for entry into health professions by increasing academic achievement, improving college readiness, strengthening social support, and broadening student awareness of pathways to health professions.

"Nationally, there is a lack of minority and low socio-economic applicants applying to health sciences degree programs," says Robert Lee, PhD, associate dean and director of multicultural medical student affairs at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is also a faculty member in the NS program.

"Funding opportunities, such as this one, are vital because they support our ongoing efforts to address the educational barriers and social support needs of high school students and increase their exposure and access to health sciences at a pivotal time in their lives."

The EPiC student leadership team includes IMP graduate student, Osric Forrest, who serves as the mentorship VP.

Click here to view the full story in the Emory News Center. The story is also featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.