Organization name: IU Health

Program Type

Academic programs
Work-based learning programs

Ages Served:

12-18 Years


Brief Program Summary: The IU Health (IUH) Fellowship at Crispus Attucks is designed to address the lack of minority representation amongst Healthcare professionals while combating the inequities and disparities within the Healthcare Industry. In partnership with the Indianapolis Public School (IPS) system, IUH’s goal is to design a Medical Magnet/Health Sciences program at Crispus Attucks High School (CAHS) that is motivated by industry standards; creating a workforce pathway while removing the barriers – of access and finance – into post-secondary education. In addition to providing a platform for students to excel academically, the Crispus Attucks Legacy Project will (1) create pathways for students to advance their academic and professional careers, (2) create a pipeline of well-trained team members for IU Health, (3) leverage the collective impact of community stakeholders within the IUH Health District, and (4) contribute to the improvement of the educational landscape of Indiana by developing an industry driven academic platform that can be replicated throughout the state. Correspondingly, graduating students from the IUH Fellowship at Crispus Attucks will have earned: • Tuition-Support for enrollment in one of the partnering university undergraduate programs – to support their professional development and healthcare pathway pursuits, and a • Guaranteed offer of Employment at IUH in one of the predetermined Health Care Pathways (Medical Assistant and Patient Care Assistant) for any Attucks Fellow seeking to enter the workforce upon completion of the program
Success Metrics: Evaluation metrics include: • The number of students applying for the Fellowship • The number of students accepted and enrolled into the Fellowship • GPA vs. General Population • Graduation Rates • Social Barrier/Impediments cited by the Fellows • Attendance • Certification Completion • # of Industry Mentors secured per # of Fellows Additional platforms for evaluation include: Mental Health, Social Capital/Network, 2Gen Familiar/Home Environment Impact, etc.


Number Served & Racial Distribution:

Total Number of Individuals Annually Served

The Fellowship is a pilot. Our hope is to provide provide proof of concept, track outcomes, and lobby for additional funds to open the opportunity up to more students / schools (districts) Year 1: 27 Fellows Year 2: 40 Fellows Year 3: 75 Fellows Year 4: 120 Fellows

Black or African Americans Annually Served


Hispanic or Latinos Annually Served


Geographic Scope:

− Central Indiana Counties: Marion
− Additional/Other Areas of Focus: Currently looking to duplicate the Fellowship in Muncie,


Annual Operating Cost: $550,000
Initial Start-Up Cost: N/A

Contact Information

Organization Name: IU Health
Respondents Name: Jamal Smith
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