Reception, Performance on Saturday, April 27, Will Introduce New Cal State L.A. Health Careers Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/26/96

Contact:
Model Hispanic Health Careers Opportunity Program Office
Phone: (323) 343-4244,
--or--
Carol Selkin
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 First

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.


Who:
The new Model Hispanic Health Careers Opportunity Program (MHHCOP)

at Cal State L.A.

What:
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.

When:
Reception. THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 1996, 6 p.m.
José Limón Company performance, 8 p.m.

Where:
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.

Info:
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.

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