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Creighton University awarded more than $3 Million to increase diversity in the health professions workforce

HS Maca Post BacCreighton University’s Department of Health Sciences-Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA), has been awarded a federal Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) grant totaling more than $3 million over the next five years.

The grant will fund HS-MACA’s new Pipeline to Success Program, which helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the Omaha community and around Nebraska access and complete the education and training necessary to become health professionals.

The Pipeline to Success Program is designed to continue to increase the diversity of the health care workforce by providing educational opportunities to qualified individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, improving retention, increasing matriculation and graduation rates, providing training in primary care settings, as well as providing training in opioid abuse, mental and behavioral health.

The HCOP award is part of the programs managed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the Health and Human Services Administration (HHS).

Kosoko-Lasaki“There is a paucity of minority representation in the healthcare professions in the nation,” said Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, MD, associate vice provost for Health Sciences and professor of surgery (ophthalmology), and principal investigator on the grant. “This award will help Creighton University to continue on its mission of increasing the racial minority representation in its health sciences schools.”

Kosoko-Lasaki and her team have addressed health disparities in the workforce in the Omaha community for more than 18 years. Since 2000, the office of HS-MACA has provided pipeline information, education and training to over 10,000 disadvantaged students in Nebraska and in the U.S. Some of these individuals are currently in the healthcare profession.

The Pipeline to Success Program guides students through educational and clinical shadowing activities designed to help them prepare for admission into undergraduate and health professional schools.

Community partners include Metro Community College, Omaha Public Schools, Heart Ministry Center and One World Community Health Center. For a list of all 2018 HCOP awardees please click here:


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