Hempstead, NY—Dedicated to improving the lives of young people in poor communities, the Pinkerton Foundation has generously awarded a $50,000 grant to benefit the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine’s Medical Scholars Pipeline Program (MSPP), an initiative designed to expose high-achieving minority students to careers in the healthcare professions with the goal of diversifying the future healthcare workforce.
The Pinkerton Foundation is an independent grant-making organization founded by Robert Allan Pinkerton, the Chairman and CEO of Pinkerton’s, Inc., one of the nation’s oldest and largest security companies. Established in 1966, the Pinkerton Foundation supports community-based programming that combines capable leadership, engaging activities, mentoring by caring adults, and academic training to further economically disadvantaged students in New York City.
At the School of Medicine, the MSPP was created as part of the school's core mission to advance and nurture a diverse and inclusive learning community. It is a designed as a multi-year four-week summer program for high-achieving students from groups underrepresented in medicine. The Pinkerton grant funds will allow the School of Medicine to continue providing Kaplan (P)SAT preparation courses for the 11th and 12th graders, CPR/AED training classes, as well as a host of educational activities for an elite group of high school students from Brooklyn, Queens, Hempstead and Uniondale.
“We are very pleased and honored to receive this award from the Pinkerton Foundation,” said Lawrence Smith, MD, MACP, founding dean of the School of Medicine. “The Pipeline Program reflects the school's strong belief that our future physicians and healthcare professionals need to reflect the growing diversity of our surrounding community and country at large.”
The MSPP at the School of Medicine works collaboratively with the Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education at The City College of New York to recruit and support minority public school students in their higher education goals and pursuit of health careers. In fact, many 2014 high school graduates and “Pipeline Scholars” will continue their education this fall at leading colleges, including Columbia University, Harvard University, Howard University, Northeastern University, Fordham University, Hofstra University and other outstanding institutions.
The college-bound students shared their exciting news during the 2014 MSPP closing ceremony held on July 24, including inspiring remarks from former first lady of New York, Michelle Paige, the event's keynote speaker.
“Programs like the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program at the School of Medicine reinforce the importance of maintaining our well-being and future as communities of color," said Paige, who established the statewide "Healthy Steps to Albany" initiative that educates kids and communities about health and wellness. "When we work together, we can achieve anything."
For more information about the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program at the School of Medicine, please visit http://medicine.hofstra.edu/about/diversity/diversity_pipeline.html or contact Gina Granger, MA, Coordinator for Special Programs, School of Medicine, at 516-463-7550.
About the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
The School of Medicine was formed in response to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2006 recommendation to increase medical school enrollment by 30 percent by 2015. Hofstra University, Long Island’s largest and most prestigious private university, and North Shore-LIJ Health System, one of the largest health systems in the nation, responded to this need by establishing the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.
The School of Medicine is built upon the strong clinical and graduate medical education programs of the Health System and the robust research and academic programs of Hofstra University and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at North Shore-LIJ Health System. In August 2011, the School of Medicine welcomed its inaugural class and in 2013, the school will welcome its third class, for a total of 180 students.
About Hofstra University
Founded in 1935 as a college affiliated with New York University (NYU), Hofstra separated from NYU in 1939 and was granted an absolute charter a year later. With the approval of the New York State Board of Regents, Hofstra became Long Island’s first private university in 1963. In 1966, the Board of Regents authorized Hofstra University to offer doctoral degrees and, in 1973, Hofstra was granted a Phi Beta Kappa charter. Today, almost 11,500 students learn from
more than 500 full-time faculty members on a 240-acre campus. Hofstra faculty members are leading scholars in their disciplines. Each semester, students choose from approximately 2,000 courses within 140 undergraduate and 150 graduate programs.
In addition to the School of Medicine, the following schools comprise Hofstra University: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, School of Communication, School of Education, Honors College, School of Health Sciences and Human Services, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and School for University Studies. Recently, the University has added programs in health professions, including Master’s programs in Public Health and Medical Physics.
The 240-acre campus of Hofstra University is a nationally recognized arboretum and a registered member of the prestigious American Public Gardens Association.
About North Shore-LIJ Health System
The nation's third-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education, highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 16 hospitals, two long-term care facilities and nearly 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with more than 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of more than 46,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest employer on Long Island and the third-largest private employer in New York City. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.