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Strategic Partners and Support

Each school has a student affairs director who responds to the day-to-day needs and concerns of underrepresented students. This individual works closely with the Office of Health Careers Opportunity in promoting our mission of student support and motivational systems. The working group includes:

  • Dr. William Smith, School of Dentistry (SOD)
  • Deann Walter, School of Health Related Professions (SHRP)
  • Marilyn Harrington, RN, PhD, AGNP-C, School of Nursing (SON)
  • Dr. Jerry Clark, School of Medicine (SOM)

Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning

The Office of Health Careers Opportunity (OHCO) supports the Medical Center’s institutional initiatives to train a diverse and inclusive health care workforce; that support includes recruitment at IHL colleges, universities and community/junior colleges. Our community outreach further strengthens the Medical Center’s efforts with health careers pipeline programs that provide academic preparation for admission to health professions school.

Jackson and area school districts

The Office of Health Careers Opportunity recruits students for its pipeline programs from area middle schools and high schools. We work closely with counselors and teachers in promoting secondary education and stimulate interest in pursuing careers in the health care profession.

National associations and professional affiliates

The Office of Health Careers Opportunity faculty and staff are committed to increasing their intellectual capital through networking and professional development. Below is a listing of the professional organizations and memberships held by staff members:

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