Across the United States there is an acute shortage of minority and/or underprivileged health professionals. As the diversity of the population continues to increase it is essential that health care providers reflect that diversity in order to insure better health outcomes for medically underserved populations. At local, state, and national levels, educational and training programs for health professionals continue to show an under-enrollment of minority and/or underprivileged students. The REACH Job Shadowing Outreach program works to improve this outcome by sharing and exploring available information about health careers with interested students. Exposure to such careers is of paramount importance.
The REACH Job Shadowing Outreach program is designed to provide minority and/or underprivileged students interested in health careers a rare and unique opportunity to explore a variety of health care occupations. Gulfcoast South AHEC partners with health care organizations and academic health centers in the counties of DeSoto, Charlotte, Manatee, and Sarasota to provide job shadowing outreach opportunities to earn community service hours. The hands-on health care career experience allows them to learn from experienced health professionals, increases their knowledge about health careers, and motivates the students to develop effective short and long term health career plans.
Any high school student interested in learning more about health careers is invited to contact us for further information.