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Multicultural & Community Affairs

Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs

The Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs Department (HS-MACA) at Creighton University is dedicated to developing culturally aware healthcare professionals and eliminating health disparities in underserved and diverse communities. We do this by bringing together education, community advocacy and research.

Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, MD, MSPH, MBA

"As our world changes quite rapidly and becomes more diverse, Creighton University is at the forefront of embracing these changes. Creighton has been deliberate and strategic in planning for the new world in alignment with our Jesuit identity and mission.

Health Sciences - Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA) has for many decades been contributing to institutional diversity through numerous pipeline programs and activities, in all of Creighton's Health Science schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, OT, and PT.

The model we have created in HS-MACA should serve the entire Creighton University campus, and the local, national and international communities well." (2013)

- Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, MD, MSPH, MBA, Associate Vice Provost - Health Sciences

Key academic certificate programs we offer are our post-baccalaureate and pre-matriculation programs. These program helps students who have been previously denied admission gain successful admittance into advanced degree programs in the health sciences. Pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-pharmacy programs are all offered.

Since 2000, HS-MACA has introduced hundreds of young people to health sciences careers through pipeline programs that start in the fourth grade and continue through college and beyond. Through mentoring, counseling and support, and tutoring and learning labs, we help make it possible for students to succeed in their health sciences studies at Creighton and in their professional health careers.

Research, advocacy and community outreach help address health disparities. We collaborate with community agencies to encourage physical activity to reduce chronic disease within Omaha’s African-American community, made possible through the Racial & Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

COVID-19 Project

A $250,000 grant has been awarded to Creighton University’s Center for Promoting Health and Health Equity (CPHHE) to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus among minority communities.

IID Stem Award Logo 2019