On Friday, October 12th, Esperanza College of Eastern University hosted the second annual “Minorities in Health Sciences Symposium”. The event brought together nearly 150 high school students from the Greater Philadelphia area with professionals in the health field for a day of networking, conferences and science activities at Esperanza’s state of the art laboratories.
There is a need for a more diverse workforce in the health field. Contributions from diverse professionals will allow for a better experience between the patient and the health professional, as well as decrease the issue of health care disparities,” Nilsa R. Graciani, Ph.D. Director of STEM and Medical Assisting at Esperanza College explained.
Esperanza College had the honor to host Dr. Jack Ludmir, as keynote speaker. Dr. Ludmir is the Senior Vice President, Physician Engagement & Integration, and Associate Provost for Community and Global Initiatives at Jefferson Health System.
“Dr. Ludmir is a strong advocate for making high quality care available to vulnerable populations, including the underserved and uninsured in the Philadelphia region and globally,” said Rev. Luis Cortés about Dr. Ludmir.
Among the guest speakers were Dr. Michael Castagna, Dr. Carol Costa, Dr. Monique Gary, Dr. Nilsa Graciani, Dr. Jezebel Ortiz, and Dr. Wendell Scanterbury. All of them shared with the students their experiences, expertise, and advice, which left the attendees motivated and more connected to their future goals.
The Philadelphia schools that attended were: Esperanza Academy Charter School, Esperanza Cyber Charter School, Olney Charter High School, Philadelphia High School for Girls, Franklin Learning Center, Abraham Lincoln High School, El Centro De Estudiantes, and Imhotep Institute Charter School as well as Esperanza College students.