ERIC Number: ED213988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Career Awareness for Health Professions: Design of Early Outreach Programs.
Lourenco, Susan V.
Despite intensified recruiting efforts, the underrepresentation of minority group members in the health professions continues, with factors and forces outside of the immediate control of health professional schools being largely responsible. In order to correct this problem, educators must develop early outreach programs to prepare, motivate, and educate talented, economically disadvantaged junior high or secondary school students to gain the academic qualifications necessary to pursue careers in the various health fields as well as to socialize such students to commit themselves to realistic college preparatory programs and to the long-term rigorous programs demanded by health professions. The University of Illinois at Chicago emphasizes precisely such early outreach programs. Designed to create and implement a longitudinal cooperative effort extending across school and college years, to identify and motivate, and to tutor and counsel potentially able students, the University of Illinois early outreach program consists of the following four components: (1) student outreach for identification and socialization, (2) academic and support services, (3) parent outreach, and (4) school and community outreach. Other aspects of the program include linkages that have been developed with other educational, parent, and community organizations and programs providing worksite and academic enrichment experiences. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Illinois Chicago Circle Campus
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).