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Empower: Preparing a Competitive HBCU Applicant Pool for Health Science Careers

Meharry Medical College
The Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education
1011 21st Ave. N
Nashville, TN 37208
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Date/Time: June 26-28, 2017

The Initiative, launched in 2016, addressed the decline of HBCU graduates applying to health and science programs. Empower 2016 stressed the proactive leadership essential to improving the HBCU health and science applicant pool. The Initiative also highlighted the opportunity to leverage this workforce development strategy to influence healthcare, training, and education and create an alliance between HBCUs and those who train minority students.

Empower(2) will expand on the action items identified in the inaugural Empower Conference. These findings, identified through working groups and committees over the past year, have been incorporated into this year's conference as next steps. Factors that impact the breadth and success of HBCU graduates such as undergraduate curriculum, financial aid, and counseling and advisement will be explored. Addressing these factors can work to further develop and execute a cohesive and aggressive program for HBCUs to improve outcomes for both STEM/STEAM and humanities students to ensure health science workforce diversity.

Participating schools and working groups will attend sessions to examine recommendations from their institutions and the previous conference on best practices. General sessions with renowned education authorities will provide an update on the current political climate and other factors that provide unprecedented opportunities for HBCUs to find solutions to these challenges.