To recruit high school students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds into science, medicine, and public health by equipping them with the excitement, knowledge, skills, confidence, and community necessary to pursue education and careers in these fields. By eliminating educational disparities and increasing representation of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups in science and health professions, we ultimately seek to improve health access and outcomes in communities that face health disparities.
Started by the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), HPREP is a nation-wide high school science enrichment program aimed at recruiting African-American, Native American, and Latino high school students into the science and health professions. Under the mentorship of medical school faculty and medical students, HPREP participants (high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) are introduced to various topics in medicine, science and public health—with special emphasis on problems and issues affecting minority communities.
Though historically a part of the HMS SNMA community service efforts, HPREP became inactive in 2004. During the 2007-2008 academic year, a group of HMS students revitalized the program, organizing a 6-week program for fourteen students. HPREP has recruited graduate student teachers and mentors from several Harvard programs including MPH students from Harvard School of Public Health and PhD students from Division of Medical Sciences. Through the efforts of our volunteers and with the support of our sponsors, we are now able to welcome over 60 high school students to HPREP for an expanded curriculum of 10 weeks.
- To promote knowledge, critical thinking, and excitement about science while building students’ confidence in their ability to succeed in these fields through a hands-on biology and health curriculum.
- To equip our students with the knowledge, skills, resources, and confidence needed to apply to college through workshops and one-on-one mentorship.
- To expose high school students to different health careers and pathways through structured interactions with a diverse body of graduate and medical students and professionals.
- To connect students with mentors and role models to create a network and community of support for student success.
- To increase student awareness of health disparities and the ways to address them through formal lectures and community building.
- To engage the scientific and medical communities across Harvard in eliminating disparities in representation, education, and health through volunteer training and ongoing support.