December 15, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 40

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School of Allied Health Sciences joins educational partnership benefiting Hispanic youth

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The School of Allied Health Sciences has partnered with the Center for Health Policy Development (CHPD) to encourage Hispanic youth to enter biomedical and health professions.

Through "Project Mobilizing in Academics and Sciences III" (Project MAS III), San Antonio’s economically and educationally disadvantaged Hispanic youth are being enriched through culturally based counseling, advising, role modeling, mentoring, enrichment programs and other interactive educational efforts. Under the leadership of Executive Director Charlene Doria-Ortiz, the CHPD staff serves as a catalyst for youth who are considering future careers.


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"Students learn who they want to be and how they can gain control of their own lives with a little help from their friends at CHPD," said Doria-Ortiz.

Students participate in an eight-week summer enrichment program at Palo Alto College and San Antonio College, as well as Saturday morning science camps and academic sessions.

This past summer, 60 students from area high schools were accepted to take part in the summer enrichment program at Palo Alto and San Antonio colleges. The program concluded with a celebration at the School of Allied Health Sciences on Aug. 22. Sen. Leticia Van de Putte was the keynote speaker. Each student received a certificate of completion. Both colleges issued three scholarships.


Aaron Diaz (left) of the Center for Health Policy Development presents an enrichment course certificate of completion to a student.

Dr. Marilyn Harrington, dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, congratulated the students for completing the course and the CHPD for introducing students to promising career opportunities in the health professions.

Project MAS III is supported by federal assistance from the Division of Health Professions Diversity, the Bureau of Health Professions, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Alamo Workforce Development School-to-Careers Program and the South Central Health Education Training Centers Alliance of Texas.

The CHPD is one of two community-based organizations in the nation to receive a Health Careers Opportunity Program grant from the September 1999 to August 2004 funding cycle.