Developing the next generation of Hispanic health providers

While Hispanics are among the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population, they are also among the most severely underrepresented in the health professions.  The Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (UAHS-HCOE) is committed to developing the next generation of Hispanic health providers through a variety of collaborations and partnerships with campus, regional, statewide and national organizations. With this goal in mind, UAHS-HCOE offers a semester-long FACES Conversantes class, two summer enrichment programs (FRONTERA and BLAISER), and student learning support services targeting diverse and underserved students interested in the health professions.

FACES Conversantes
Fostering and Achieving Culture Equity and Sensitivity in the Health Professions (F.A.C.E.S.) Conversantes is a service-learning course that provides bilingual Spanish-speaking premed students with training and opportunities to volunteer as medical interpreters in health care facilities located in Southern Arizona. The semester-long course is a collaboration among the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and local free clinics…

Summer Research Mentorship
The Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence offers two summer enrichment programs for both undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research and premed students interested in applying to medical school.

Student Learning Support Services
The Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence offers individualized and group learning support services for undergraduate pre-health students and health professions students in the University of Arizona Health Sciences. Learning Specialists Eliza Yellow Bird helps students become self-regulated learners through classes, workshops, one-on-one consultations, peer-tutoring, exam preparation and exam review.