REACH-HEI Undergraduate Programs

This REACH-HEI program is a 6-week, paid internship this summer for local economically disadvantaged college students. The program is designed to provide students with intensive exposure to research in clinical and /or basic science areas, and is complemented with seminars in health disparities, scientific writing, current medical/health topics, post-graduation planning, and much more. In addition, students are continuously mentored by medical students and faculty, and they are required to produce a poster presentation and a community health outreach project at the conclusion of the program.

Students must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater. Students who are educationally or economically disadvantaged and who express an interest in pursuing a health degree program are eligible for participation. An individual is “educationally disadvantaged” if he or she comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school or allied health program. Individuals are ”economically disadvantaged” if they come from a family with an annual income at or below low income thresholds, according to family size, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau and modified by the Secretary for use in health and allied health professions training programs.

REACH-HEI is federally funded under the Department of health and Human Services, Division of Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Health Careers Opportunity Programs