CONTACT: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Assistant

(323) 343-3050

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
(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

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

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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