The Latino Healthcare Professionals Project
The Latino Healthcare Professionals Project (LHPP) was established in 1996 to ameliorate the lack of Latino leadership in health care. Funded collaboratively by a number of foundations and health care organizations, this unique curriculum, scholarship, and mentorship program trains first-generation-educated, Spanish-speaking, bilingual/bicultural Latino students with a strong community service background in Latino health leadership and administration. To date 190 students have participated in the two-year program. The project boasts a 93% retention rate, over half of the LHPP students attending graduate school within five years of project completion. In addition, 77% of those not attending graduate school full time are working in health care after their graduation.