The Health Profession Pathways Initiative is an effort to build more equitable curricular and co-curricular experiences and outcomes for students historically underrepresented in health professions.
The Pre-Health Student Resource Center spearheaded this system-wide initiative in Oct 2018, by bringing together a system-wide task force that has been working together to:
- identify implementable strategies to reduce or eliminate barriers that students face
- develop enrichment opportunities for students and the larger UMN community, and
- strengthen collaboration in student support services for pre-health students from underrepresented populations
A Brief Overview of the HPPI
- An overarching goal of the HPPI is to contribute to building a diverse health workforce that is representative of the overall population of the state of Minnesota.
- The work of the HPPI has built productive relationships across all 5 UMN system campuses.
- The HPPI Task Force examined the landscape of current support services for pre-health students, as well as diagnosing gaps and strategies to address them.
- The Task Force also deliberated extensively to identify and analyze the range of barriers pre-health students face, in order to ensure that future strategies align with the needs of the student population.
- One outcome of the work of the Task Force is that the Pre-Health Student Resource Center implemented two new student programs during 2019-2020, the First-Gen Pre-Health Workshop Series and the Pre-Health LEAD program