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Workforce Development
Fiscal Year 2005-2009

Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons
233 Broadway, Suite 771
New York, NY 10279

Phone: (202) 467-4756 
Fax: (202) 467-4758
Title: National Hispanic Youth Initiative (NHYI)
Project Period: 9/30/05 - 9/29/09
Project Director: Rene F. Rodriguez
Target Population: Hispanics/Latinos

The Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons (ICPS) is the largest association of Hispanic physicians in the nation and is a professional network that provides information and support to physicians, faculty, researchers, health institutions, government agencies, community-based organizations, and medical societies in the United States, Spain, and Latin America. ICPS promotes cooperation among Hispanic physicians and works to advance their professional and educational needs. Its mission is to conduct programs to improve the medical education of Hispanic physicians and to improve the health of the Hispanic community. Its goals are to: reduce the incidence of preventable diseases; improve educational and leadership opportunities for Hispanic physicians; and encourage Hispanics to pursue careers in the healthcare field. ICPS belongs to a network of 35 local and statewide Hispanic medical societies and has numerous academic institution affiliations.

National Hispanic Youth Initiative (NHYI): This project is designed to encourage Hispanic high school juniors and seniors to pursue a career in the health sciences by providing them with scholastic tools, support, and the motivation to continue their education in the health sciences. ICPS recruits 100 Hispanic high school students in the 10th -12th grades from across the country to participate in a one-week summer program in Washington, D.C. Recruitment is conducted through high schools in cities with a high density of Hispanics, through referrals from past NHYI scholars, and Hispanic Centers of Excellence. NHYI provides a network of Hispanic role models and mentors by: recruiting current and new faculty to give lectures and precentorship; using Hispanic medical students to mentor, lecture, and advise NHYI participants; and hiring undergraduate past NHYI scholars as peer advisors. Through the dissemination of information on health and scientific careers, lectures, site visits, and workshops, NHYI provides a broad perspective on the health sciences and biomedical research; introduces NHYI scholars to national health and scientific institutions; provides Hispanic youth with a national network of Hispanic health processionals and scientists, role models, and mentors; and develops awareness of health and scientific careers in the government and private sectors. NHYI also seeks to prepare Hispanic high school students to gain admission to college and professional schools. The program develops Hispanic high school students’ awareness of the health status, healthcare/research issues, and policy legislation affecting Hispanic communities.

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