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IPS, IU Health Launch Innovative Health Care Fellowship Program at Crispus Attucks High School

INDIANAPOLIS – (Sept. 25, 2020) Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), in partnership with Indiana University Health, has launched a health care-focused fellowship pilot program at Crispus Attucks High School, enhancing and expanding the district’s health sciences pathway. Upon graduation, students completing the fellowship will receive a job offer from IU Health, along with tuition assistance to complete a related degree.

“We are always looking for new, innovative ways to ensure our students succeed after they graduate,” said Aleesia Johnson, IPS superintendent. “This program opens doors for our students and provides them a clear pathway to advance their academic and professional careers, creates a pipeline of well-trained team members for IU Health, and leverages the collective impact of community stakeholders.”

The fellowship will be introduced to freshmen currently enrolled at Crispus Attucks with the opportunity to apply to the program during the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year. The pilot program will build upon the current nursing pathway to offer additional tracks within the health care industry for some of the most in-demand careers, including medical assistant and patient care assistant.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need to invest in the next generation of health care providers, and we know there are capable, passionate students in our own backyard,” said Dennis Murphy, president and CEO of IU Health. “Our partnership with IPS can help drive the success of its students. By removing barriers of access and finance, this program will promote student success and satisfaction, leading to a stable workforce and improving the economic landscape of Indiana.”

The health sciences pilot program is being launched in partnership with 16 Tech, Center for Leadership Development, Crossroads Education, Indiana University/Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, IU School of Medicine, Ivy Tech and others. Continuation and expansion of the fellowship is dependent upon additional funding from grants that are currently under review.

“Crispus Attucks has a rich history, including introducing students to health care professions while providing a rigorous college preparatory education, and we are thrilled to add to that legacy,” said Crispus Attucks principal Lauren Franklin. “Our students and their success are our top priority, and we are excited to invite IU Health to join us as we continue to generate the best opportunities possible.”

More information about the fellowship will be available soon at www.myips.org.

About Indianapolis Public Schools
The largest public school district in Indiana, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is an agile, innovative educational organization committed to academic excellence built through individualized, relationship-based learning. The district empowers its students to think critically, creatively and responsibly, to embrace diversity and pursue their dreams with purpose. Though it covers 80 square miles, employs nearly 4,000 people, and serves more than 31,000 students, it is committed to serving individual students with what they need.

About Indiana University Health
Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S. News & World Report for 23 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. Learn more at www.iuhealth.org.

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Indianapolis Public Schools Media Contact
Carrie Cline Black
Communications Manager
317.605.3797
blackc@myips.org
www.myips.org

Indiana University Health Media Contact
Jonathon Hosea
Public Relations Manager
317.519.0434
jhosea@iuhealth.org
www.iuhealth.org

 

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