Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2013, the Health Care Equity and Leadership Initiative provides leadership and training opportunities to underrepresented males, ages 17-25, for improving health outcomes and access to care among racial and ethnic minorities. Underrepresented males enrolled in Mississippi community colleges are the primary focus of this project.
Goals and successes of the program:
To prepare, develop, and train young men of color for successful career opportunities in the health care workforce.
To improve community engagement between communities of color and the state's only academic medical center.
To provide mentoring opportunities for participants by leaders in the health care workforce.
To improve understanding of health literacy and the roots of health care disparities.