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  • Health Equity and Leadership Institute

    Research demonstrates males of color are significantly underrepresented in most health professional programs. The purpose of this project is to support underrepresented males, from ages 17-25, to become leaders in the healthcare workforce, while increasing access to health professional education, training, and career options. The program will be hosted by the University of Mississippi Medical Center, with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to reinforce the institution’s commitment of promoting racial healing, eradicating health disparities, and improving health equity for Mississippians and citizens of our nation. Underrepresented males enrolled in two-year community colleges in Mississippi will be invited to apply and participate in the Institute.

    Program goals and objectives

    • To prepare, develop, and train young men of color for successful career opportunities in the healthcare workforce.
    • To improve engagement between communities of color and the state’s only academic medical center.
    • To provide mentoring opportunities for participants by leaders in the healthcare workforce. 
    • To improve health literacy among economically and educationally disadvantaged young adults and families.

    To apply to the program, applicants should:

    **Failure to submit required documents will result as an incomplete application. 

    Important dates (Cohort I)

    • Applications accepted until Friday, November 30, 2013
    • Review of applicants and selections early December 2013
    • Interviews and notification of applicants mid-December 2013
    • Program begins January 2014 and ends May 2014 

    Notice to selected participants

    • Sessions are held at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. Participants must have adequate transportation to and from the site. Travel reimbursements will be provided to participants traveling 20 miles or more.
    • If selected for the program, participants must be able to attend all sessions and webinars.
      • 2014 In-person Sessions: January 10, February 7, March 7, April 4 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
      • 2014 Webinars: January 23, February 20, March 20, April 24 (3 p.m.- 4 p.m. )
      • Promotion Day and Luncheon: May 9, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Participants are expected to comply with all guidelines and policies of the program and of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. 

    For more information, please contact:

    • Dr. Juanyce D. Taylor, Department Chair 
              Department of Health Sciences 
              School of Health Related Professions 
              2500 N. State St. 
              Jackson, MS 39216-4505 
              E-mail: jdtaylor@umc.edu  
              Phone: (601) 815-1150 
              Fax: (601) 815-7760