News Release

May 28, 2004

Contact: Kristina Goodnough, 860-679-3700

Health Careers Partnership Celebrates Another Year

FARMINGTON, CONN. - High school students from Hartford, East Hartford, Farmington and Bloomfield will celebrate another year of academic partnership with faculty at UConn Health Center in a ceremony on Wednesday, June 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Health Center.

Nearly 400 students participate in the Health Careers Opportunity Program that is designed to serve as a pipeline into health care professions. By exposing them to advanced science and math and providing them with support, the program aims to build an interest in health care careers among students traditionally underrepresented in American medicine and dentistry.

“Our goal is to get them interested in the sciences and health care and help prepare them for college,” says Marja Hurley, M.D. professor of medicine, associate dean and director of the careers program. “If we really want to build a pipeline to draw inner-city, economically and educationally disadvantaged students into the health professions, we have to reach out to them early in their academic careers. We have to provide support and enrichment while they are in college, in high school, and, even before that, while they are in middle school. That’s the best way to achieve our overall goal, which is to increase the number of under-represented students in health care careers, and ultimately improve medical and dental care for everyone.”

The program will include remarks by Dr. Hurley, by Boake Plessy, Ph.D., assistant dean of the careers program; Robert Henry, superintendent of the Hartford Public Schools; and Betty Sternberg, Ph.D. commissioner of the state Department of Education.

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