Main Line Health’s Health Career Academy Program was recently featured in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. The article, “Addressing Health Disparities with School-Based Outreach: the Health Career Academy Program,” focuses on addressing health disparities by promoting academic achievement, providing mentorship, and introducing low-income ethnic and racial minority youth into health care fields.
“We are incredibly proud of the success of the Health Career Academy Program and are honored to provide this valuable resource to students in our communities,” says Barry Mann, MD. “Since its inception, the Health Career Academy has greatly improved the high school graduation rate of the program's participants and has created a pipeline for the next generation of health care professionals.”
The Health Career Academy, founded by Main Line Health and supported by Aetna, is now in its ninth year under the direction of Barry Mann, MD, Main Line Health chief academic officer. The success of what started as a partnership between one hospital, one medical school, and one high school in Philadelphia has spurred expansion of this program beyond greater Philadelphia to Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Durham, Berkeley and Los Angeles. The Health Career Academy fosters relationships between medical and high school students, exposing high school students to subject matters they would not typically be learning in their normal course of study. The medical students are positive influences, proving the benefits of staying in school, while encouraging students to pursue careers in the field of health care.
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.
At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.
Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.