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$3.4 million HHS grant to help UIC address shortage of Latino health providers
Date:9/20/2012

me parents were interested in exploring further education themselves -- and even possible health careers," Girotti said.

A third project, a summer program, will introduce high-school students to health careers, help with study and writing skills, and prepare them for the ACT. Through the College of Medicine's Rockford campus, the program will reach into rural Illinois counties that have seen substantial increases in their Hispanic populations.

"We hope to expand the pipeline beyond the traditional urban populations," Girotti said.

UIC has more Latino students than any other university in Illinois, Girotti said, and several programs are aimed at helping this large group into health careers.

A new bridge program will work with UIC's Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services on the transition from high school to college, particularly for students focused on health careers. Also at the college level, a summer program of undergraduate research fellowships will focus on investigations related to health disparities. And, in a program that grew out of demand from the medical students themselves, the center will offer a new, two-year curriculum teaching cultural and linguistic competence.

The final piece, Girotti said, "is to create programs for junior faculty that give them the tools they need to be effective academics -- better teachers and better researchers, who move into senior faculty positions and, we hope, stay on here at the College of Medicine."


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Contact: Jeanne Galatzer-Levy
jgala@uic.edu
312-996-1583
University of Illinois at Chicago
Source:Eurekalert

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