Project HOPE (Healthcare Occupations Preparation and Exploration) is a STEM-based curricular intervention that integrates academic and vocational opportunities designed to connect minority and low socioeconomic middle school students to the health science professions early in their education. HOPE addresses the critical national need to increase diversity in the American healthcare workforce.

The intervention integrates 21st Century Skills development into a comprehensive student-oriented health professions career education program for middle school students that includes strategies for parents and teachers. University staff and students facilitate health careers awareness through classroom activities, teacher and school counselor training, parent support activities and work-based learning opportunities for students including clinical simulation experiences and health science career mentoring.

The HOPE curriculum provides students, parent, and teachers the following: 1) career-related self-awareness, 2) knowledge of the health sciences and potential career opportunities, 3) understanding and access to health science career related supports 4) an understanding of the critical connection between high school academic subjects and a future in a health science profession and 5) a future plan of how to attain health science career related goals, and 6) exposure to the health sciences through simulated experiences coordinated by the health science colleges.

We strive to be collaborative, and provide resources that help students think about careers that are both lucrative for them and areas of need here in Iowa. We welcome and appreciate your support.

Saba Ali, Project HOPE Director
Professor, Counseling Psychology

Please Support Project Hope

You can make a gift to Project HOPE online through the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. Select the College of Education Advancement Fund and write Project HOPE in the comments section during check out. Thank you.

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