FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/26/96
Model Hispanic Health Careers Opportunity Program Office
Phone: (323) 343-4244,
CSLA Director of Public Information
Phone: (323) 343-3044
FAX: (323) 343-6405
Reception, Performance on Saturday, April 27, Will Introduce
New Cal State L.A. Health Careers Program
Model Hispanic Health Careers Opportunity Program is Nation's
Los Angeles, April 26, 1996 -- Celebrating the new Model
Hispanic Health Careers Opportunity Program (MHHCOP), the
University kicks off with a reception that is open to the public
without charge at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the Cal
State L.A. campus this Saturday, April 27, 6 p.m. The
reception precedes a performance at the Luckman Theatre by the
José Limón Dance Company, and will feature
a talk by a member of the troupe. Special discount tickets to
the Limón performance are available to and can be arranged
for at tthose the reception.
A three-year grant totaling $889,172 from the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services -- the only one of its kind awarded
in the United States -- was given to the University to develop
this model program. The project is directed by principal investigator
and Biology Professor Genaro Lopez, CSLA Health
Science Adviser, and co-principal investigator Jorge Lambrinos,
the Director of CSLA's Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology.
Designed to increase the number of Hispanics in the health professions
and associated health profession fields, the new MHHCOP builds
on the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), established
at Cal State L.A. in 1984 and one of the most successful in the
country. Of the existing HCOP program, Lopez notes: "Nearly
60 percent of Cal State L.A. students who have applied in the
recent past have beenaccepted into medical and other health professional
schools; of that 60 percent, more than 80 percent of the accepted
students were HCOP members."
The new MHHCOP will operate in collaboration with other higher
education institutions such as the UCLA School of Medicine/Physicians'
Assistant Program, USC, UCI, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine
and Science, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific,
East Los Angeles Community College, and Pasadena City College,
as well as five local high schools -- Francisco Bravo Medical
Magnet, Lincoln, Wilson, Marshall and Roosevelt.
Cal State L.A. is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution
(HSI) and a full member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges
and Universities (HACU). It is the only public four-year university
on the west coast so designated, and one of only two, public or
private. In selecting the campus for this grant, the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services took into consideration the University's
historic commitment to serving students from diverse backgrounds
with diverse needs, and to educational programs that emphasize
excellence as well as access.
The program's objectives are recruitment, preliminary education,
facilitation of student entry, retention and financial aid information
dissemination. MHHCOP provides six-week summer enrichment programs,
year-round mini-courses, weekly seminar series, counseling, and
field trips for high school, college and graduate-level students.
For information on the program, call Genaro Lopez, (323) 343-2188,
or Jorge Lambrinos, (323) 343-4724. For information on the reception,
call (323) 343-4244 or (323) 343-3050.
The new Model Hispanic Health Careers Opportunity Program (MHHCOP)
at Cal State L.A.
Kick-off reception. The reception precedes a performance
by the José Limón Dance Company, and will
feature a talk by a member of the troupe.
Reception. THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 1996, 6 p.m.
José Limón Company performance, 8 p.m.
The Luckman Fine Arts Complex on the Cal State L.A. campus. Cal
State L.A. is easily accessible from the Eastern Ave. exit of
the San Bernardino (I-10) Fwy., at the I-10 and I-710 interchange.
The reception and talk are open to the public without charge.
Discount tickets to the Limón Company performance will
be available to those attending the reception between 6 and 7
p.m.. Call (323) 343-4244 or (323) 343-3050 for information.