enrich, educate, empower
ABOUT THE UMOJA HEALTH PROJECT
DISPARITIES IN HEALTH AND REPRESENTATION
The United States is in vital need of more healthcare providers. From primary care physicians to registered nurses, this lack of care providers is felt heavily in underserved communities where prevalence of chronic disease and associated risk factors are high. Presence of minorities in the medical and health professions is also often lacking, which in turn deters adolescent students of color from pursuing these fields due to lack of representation. It is important, now more than ever, that we encourage students of culturally diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to become future health professionals. This in turn will create culturally competent leaders ready to tackle the health disparities that plague our country; and there is no better place to start than in Los Angeles.
mEANING OF UMOJA
Umoja means unity in Swahili, and the goal of the Umoja Health Project at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet is to help establish community unity and resilience. This health exposures program promotes engaged learning in the health sciences for high school students to become future health care professionals.
PURPOSE AND MISSION
Due to issues with funding in the LAUSD public school system, a bevy of underserved students are met with a severe lack of exposure and encouragement to pursue health careers. Through this program, we are equipping the local community to eliminate these disparities by directing resources towards the students who need it most. UHP focuses on purposeful engagements that expose students to the health related fields, provide focused tutoring for the sciences, and looks to serve the greater Los Angeles area through a community health fair.
The Umoja Health Project is primed to not only bridge the disparity gap, but provide a lifeline of service to the community. To battle this chronic issue, healing begins first by securing and supporting our future healthcare professionals, today.
Founded in October of 2018
Programmatic focus on public and community health
Movement created by and led completely by LMU students
FUNDERS AND PARTNERS
The Donald A. Strauss Foundation https://www.straussfoundation.org/
Loyola Marymount University Family of Schools
Seaver College of Science and Engineering
LMU Health and Human Sciences Department
Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet