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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. Wilhelmina O'Reilly, School of Dentistry (SOD)
  • Lisa Herrin, School of Health Related Professions (SHRP)
  • Marilyn Harrington, RN, PhD, AGNP-C, School of Nursing (SON)

Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning

Tougaloo College

The University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Office of Health Careers Opportunity have a long-standing relationship with Tougaloo College, a private, historically black, liberal arts institution, accessible to all persons regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion or creed. The college prepares students to be imaginative, self-directed, lifelong learners and mindful thinkers, committed to leadership and services in a global society by offering a high quality liberal studies program.

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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