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New HBCU Medical College in NOLA to Address Medical Inequities

New HBCU Medical College in NOLA to Address Medical Inequities!

 

In a significant stride towards equity in healthcare, Xavier University of Louisiana is teaming up with Ochsner Health to establish the Xavier Ochsner College of Medicine (XOCOM) in downtown New Orleans. This pioneering partnership reflects a shared commitment to tackling medical disparities and fostering inclusivity in the medical profession.

XOCOM’s establishment marks a pivotal moment in medical education, particularly in the Gulf Coast region, where access to quality healthcare remains a challenge for many underserved communities. By leveraging the resources and expertise of both institutions, XOCOM aims to empower aspiring healthcare professionals, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, to pursue careers in medicine.

With a focus on community engagement and collaboration, XOCOM will serve as a catalyst for positive change, addressing not only the shortage of physicians but also the need for culturally competent healthcare providers. By prioritizing diversity and inclusion in medical education, XOCOM seeks to cultivate a new generation of physicians who are equipped to meet the diverse needs of patients and communities.

As the medical landscape evolves, initiatives like XOCOM are essential for bridging gaps in healthcare access and advancing health equity. Through innovative curriculum, hands-on training, and mentorship programs, XOCOM will prepare future physicians to navigate complex healthcare challenges and champion the well-being of all patients.

Stay tuned for updates on this transformative endeavor as XOCOM works to redefine medical education and create a more equitable healthcare system for all.

 

#XavierOchsner #MedicalEducation #HealthEquity #CommunityPartnership #MedicalInnovation #HealthcareAccess #DiversityInMedicine

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Collaboration to Reopen Childcare Center on Community College Campus

Collaboration to Reopen Childcare Center on Community College Campus

 

Howard Community College President, Dr. Daria J. Willis, has unveiled plans to reopen the college’s on-campus Children’s Learning Center in collaboration with the Community Action Council of Howard County.

The center’s relaunch addresses crucial needs by reducing childcare expenses, introducing vital Early Head Start programs for infants and toddlers, and promoting degree completion among student parents in a college community of over 22,000 students, with 24% identifying as caregivers.

“We extend our deepest gratitude to Tracy Broccolino and the CAC, County Executive Calvin Ball, and numerous other champions who have made this day a reality,” expressed Willis. “This reopening ensures that young parents and their children have a supportive environment to work, learn, and aspire toward leadership roles within our community and beyond.”

Broccolino emphasized that the partnership aims to positively influence families and children for generations to come, underscoring the transformative impact of education and early childhood development.

The center, temporarily shuttered in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated budget constraints, received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2023 to facilitate its reopening.

This grant, part of the federal Childcare Access Means Parents in School Grant Program, brings the college closer to reinstating a vital support service for hundreds of student parents pursuing higher education in Howard County.

“Access to childcare is paramount for scholar-parents’ academic persistence,” noted Dr. Ball. “I commend Dr. Willis and her team for recognizing this challenge and taking proactive measures to ensure scholar-parents receive the support they need to succeed.”

#ChildcareSupport #EducationAccess #StudentParents #CommunityPartnership #EarlyChildhoodEducation #HigherEducation #CommunityCollege #ChildcareGrant #StudentSuccess #FamilySupport #CommunityImpact

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It’s Summer! Reflect, Recharge, Recognize and Reignite Your Goals

Dear Students,

As Student Success Coaches, we would like to take this opportunity to reach out and communicate with you directly. We understand that your academic journey can be challenging, but please know that we are here to support you every step of the way.

We want to remind you that your success is our top priority. We are here to provide you with guidance, resources, and support to help you achieve your academic goals. Whether you need assistance with time management, study skills, or navigating the university, we are here to help.

It is important to remember that you are not alone in this journey. For this reason we have created this entry to provide you with a direct message and to be able to contact us more directly. We hope you enjoy.

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It’s Summer! Reflect, Recharge, Recognize and Reignite Your Goals

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Welcome to June and, for some of you, the beginning of summer break! As we step into this new month, let’s take a moment to recognize the significance of June 19, Juneteenth—a vital celebration of freedom and resilience in Black history. It’s a reminder of how far we’ve come and how much further we can go together.

For those of you off for the summer, I hope you enjoy every moment. Bask in the sun, relax, and recharge. But remember to carve out a little time to review your notes and keep your mind fresh. A little effort now can make a big difference when classes resume.

Graduate students, I see you working hard without a summer break. It’s crucial to take short breaks, breathe, and rejuvenate. Self-care is essential. Remember why you started this journey and keep believing in yourself. You’re doing incredible work, and taking care of your well-being will help you go the distance.

For anyone contemplating going back to school, let me tell you—if it’s something you’ve always wanted or feel a desire to do, go for it. Time will pass regardless. Two years from now will be two years from now, whether you take the leap or not. The real question is, what will you be saying to yourself in two years if you don’t?

Here’s to a fantastic summer! Embrace each moment, take care of yourselves, and keep striving towards your goals.

Ndala M. Booker, Ed.D.

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