Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate.
Since 2005, Education Outreach has served the community and maintained Ochsner’s position as a global academic leader by supporting educational development, providing unique academic resources, and connecting K-12 students and teachers with innovative academic opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and early workforce pipeline development. We do this by:
To request Education Outreach support, please complete the online form below. A member of the Ochsner Education Outreach team will be in touch with further information.
Education Outreach is committed to supporting the educators and schools in our communities by offering opportunities for furthering curriculum exploration, investigating career options and providing hands-on experiences. We do this through multiple programs, including field trips, job shadowing opportunities, internships, and career chats.
Education Outreach encourages students to lead with curiosity. We supplement STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) exploration in the classroom, within the community and at home.
Ochsner Academy Jr. was created in 2020 to reach students virtually. View our video library to find hands-on science activities using common household supplies.
The iLab, located at Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans, was developed as an additional resource and training laboratory for schools in our community. It hosts student groups from middle school to college throughout the year.
We support school science fairs! Inquire to find out how Ochsner professionals can support your students.
Students and teachers can benefit from the iLab by:
Connecting teachers with both innovative academic opportunities and support so they can more effectively engage and motivate their students is an important component of our mission. Education Outreach has:
STAR Scholars Summer Program
The Ochsner STAR Scholars Summer Program provides qualified high school students, particularly those with limited means and access, with a cost-free opportunity to explore the world of healthcare. Through a rigorous, hands-on summer course focusing on science, technology, academics and research, STAR aims to engage and inspire students.
The knowledge and skills students acquire in this four-week summer program will provide them with a solid foundation to pursue further education and careers in science and medicine.
Ochsner STEM Pathfinder Program
STEM Pathfinder is a free program that encourages entry into the health sciences workforce pipeline by introducing local high school students to a wide range of career paths.
Launched in the summer of 2021, STEM Pathfinder was developed as a one-week summer program for students in grades eight through 10. It is focused primarily on healthcare career exploration and interactive science education. Participants learn about various healthcare career tracks from Ochsner professionals who provide mentorship to students and prepare them to make intentional career decisions. In addition to career chats and virtual tours of the facility, the program incorporates hands-on learning opportunities, including clinical skills training and experiments with laboratory equipment.
After attending the 2021 STEM Pathfinder program:
92% of students felt more confident in their ability to become a healthcare professional.
96% of students were more interested in pursuing a healthcare career.
96% of students felt more empowered to find out more information about becoming a healthcare professional.
The mission of the Ochsner Healthy Schools Program is to improve equitable access to care and wellness while fostering a healthy and supportive school environment for all. We support children’s physical and emotional well-being in a school-based setting, while extending support to the educators and school leaders who have been equally impacted by the challenges and uncertainty of the past two years. Our trained medical professionals on campus can help identify children struggling with chronic physical and mental health conditions and connect them to Ochsner’s comprehensive healthcare system.