For 7 years running, Ochsner’s Academic Community Outreach Department has focused on supporting Science and Career Education in the community, with the ultimate goal of developing a strong healthcare workforce pipeline committed to the future of healthcare in Louisiana. Through the development of unique and innovative programs providing students and teachers with additional educational opportunities, the Academic Community Outreach programs have received the following local and national recognition:
American Hospital Association Community Connections National Ideas & Innovations Case Samples 2014 Edition
This is a nationally disseminated American Hospital Association publication highlighting stand-out programs and projects provided by hospitals around the United States. Academic Outreach was 1 of 25 programs highlighted for meeting the community’s Social and Basic Needs in the 2014 Publication.
2013 Patrick F. Taylor School Community Partnership Award
This award is given annually to one community partner organization in Louisiana for its dedication and unwavering commitment to the full development tof the students and teachers of Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, a national Blue Ribbon School.
Since 2007, Academic Community Outreach has reached over 7,000 students and has received over $1.5 million in grant funding to support these innovative programs, most recently receiving a $1.2 million Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) through the National Institutes of Health. SEPA provides support for BEST Science!, a 5 year program to develop hands-on, high school Biology curriculum supplements and teacher professional development workshop, In partnership with the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Over this period, BEST Science! is expected to impact over 11,000 students and 130 teachers (www.ochsner.org/BESTScience)
Academic Community Outreach is also the host department for the popular STAR (Science-Technology-Academics-Research) Summer Scholars Program hosted at Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans. STAR is a tuition-free, 5 week, academic summer program open to 16 Louisiana high school students with bright futures in science and medicine. Students rotate through clinic and hospital departments, participate in leadership development courses, medical terminology courses, basic clinical skills training from UQ Students and spend their afternoons with PhD Scientists completing research projects that they defend at their Culmination Ceremony. (www.ochsner.org/STAR)
Other notable programs sponsored by Academic Community Outreach include:
- iLab, Free Outreach Student Laboratory
- Job Shadows & Field Trips
- High School Senior Internship Program
- Girl Scouts Science Saturday Events
The Academic Community Outreach Department, founded and supported by the Academics Division (Education & Research), is currently under the auspices of the Community Outreach Division in partnership with the Academics Divisions. For more information about these outreach programs or to find out how to get involved, please visit ochsner.org/Community or e-mail EducationOutreach@ochsner.org
Congratulations to the Academic Outreach Team!