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Community Health Programs

Lang Youth Medical Program MARIA MOLINA • Program Manager • mam9452@nyp.org MARA MINGUEZ, MD • Medical Director • mm2060@cumc.columbia.edu Mission and Goals

Key Accomplishments

The Lang Youth Medical Program (Lang Youth) is a six-year, science enrichment and medical pipeline program for undeserved youth who represent the diversity of the WHI communities. Lang Youth’s mission is to inspire and motivate young people from the community to realize their college and career aspirations in the health sciences. Lang Scholars develop academic, professional, and social skills by participating in a hands-on health sciences curriculum and receiving mentorship from graduate students, medical trainees, and professionals from various Hospital departments.

Lang Youth aims to increase high school and college graduation rates, with the goal of improving health outcomes in the future. The program also helps to reduce the deficit of minority healthcare workers in the United States.

Number of People Reached

306 Total 83 Current scholars (7th-12th grades)

135 Parents of current scholars 88 Alumni (Class of 2009-2017)

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• In 2017, the program held its ninth annual graduation ceremony, celebrating 13 graduates. This cohort of Lang Scholars had a 92% retention rate over the past six years, and all are attending four-year universities. • Lang Youth welcomed its first Alumni Relations Coordinator, Jose RamosMuñiz, who is leading the expansion of the program’s academic and professional support to its 88 alumni. • T  he program has partnered with Columbia University Teachers College’s Instructional Media and Technology program to redesign the six-year Lang curriculum.

• T  he Lang Youth, CHALK, and TRUTHe Peer Education programs hosted the third annual teen health conference, which was attended by approximately 200 youths from across New York City and various community-based organizations. This teen-led health conference included educational stations and workshops focusing on topics such as physical fitness and nutrition, emotional wellness, and sexual health. Over 75 youths utilized HIV testing facilities offered by the NYP Ambulatory Care Network Comprehensive Health Program during the conference. • T  he newest member of the Lang team, Virgdant Breton, is the program’s first psychometrist. Her role will complement academic programming by addressing the psychosocial needs of Scholars and alumni, while providing support to staff and parents.

3111 Community Health Report 2017  
3111 Community Health Report 2017