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Expansion of Summer Health Professions Education Program

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), has a goal of increasing diversity and inclusion.  This year, RWJF expanded the focus of the SHPEP to become more broadly interprofessional. The program is now engaging with the schools and students of health professions in public health, pharmacy, and nursing. The mission of the SHPEP is to increase diversity across the health professions by providing free summer enrichment programs for college students interested in the health professions.  The goal of the SHPEP program is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools, now for the first, that also includes schools and programs of public health.

ASPPH staff member, MS. Rita Kelliher, recently participated in a panel discussion focusing on interprofessional education at the first meeting of the SHPEP grantees. Ms. Kelliher highlighted key issues and discussed the challenges and opportunities to enhance diversity and inclusion within schools and programs of public health. Several ASPPH members are grantees including University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Texas School of Public Health, University of Iowa College of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, and the University of Washington School of Public Health. For more information on the SHPEP, visit