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Cal State L.A. Develops Model Hispanic Health Careers Opportunity Program

Los Angeles, November 16, 1995 -- California State University, Los Angeles has recently received a three-year grant totaling $889,172 from the United States Department of Health and Human Services to develop a Model Hispanic Health Careers Opportunity Program (MHHCOP). The grant is the only one of its kind awarded in the entire country. The project will be directed by principal investigator Genaro Lopez, Cal State L.A. Professor of Biology and Health Science Adviser, and co-principal investigator Jorge Lambrinos, Director, Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology at CSLA.

Designed to increase the number of Hispanics in the health professions and associated health profession fields, the new MHHCOP builds on the successful CSLA Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), established in 1984 and one of the most successful in the country.

"Sixty percent of CSLA students who apply are accepted into medical and other health professional schools; of that sixty percent, more than 80 percent of the students accepted were HCOP members," notes Lopez.

The new MHHCOP will operate in collaboration with other higher education institutions such as UCLA and UCI, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, several community colleges, and seven local high schools.

Cal State L.A. is historically committed to serving students from diverse backgrounds with diverse needs and to educational programs that emphasize excellence as well as access. With more than 40 percent of its students identified as Latino/a, the University is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and one of only two four-year public universities that is a full member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

The MHHCOP has five main objectives: recruitment, preliminary education, facility of entry, retention, and financial aid information dissemination.

The preliminary education, facilitation of student entry and retention objectives include six-week summer enrichment programs that provide year-round mini-courses, weekly seminar series, mock video interviews, counseling, and field trips for high school, college and graduate-level students.

Dissemination of financial aid will occur at CSLA and the health and allied health professional schools through workshops and/or a computerized "fund-finder" program to identify funding sources for students at all levels.

For more information about the MHHCOP, call Genaro Lopez, (323) 343-2188, or Jorge Lambrinos, (323) 343-4724.

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