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Johnson selected for UMMC’s Health Equity and Leadership Intiative

CLARKSDALE– A Coahoma Community College student will represent the institution during a prestigious program designed to prepare, develop and train African American males across the state for successful careers in healthcare.

Johnson selected for UMMC’s Health Equity and Leadership Intiative

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Mon Jan 11, 2016

CLARKSDALE– A Coahoma Community College student will represent the institution during a prestigious program designed to prepare, develop and train African American males across the state for successful careers in healthcare.

Hosted by the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Health Equity and Leadership Initiative was created in an effort to reinforce UMMC’s commitment to promoting racial healing, eradicating health disparities and improving health equity for Mississippians.

C:\fakepath\Johnson2.jpgCCC Tiger Justin Johnson, a sophomore biology major from Clarkdale, MS, was recently selected to participate in the program. He aspires to become a pediatrician.

During the program, Johnson will meet with other male students from community colleges across the state one Friday per month at UMMC, located in Jackson, MS. There, he’ll attend session and webinars geared towards excelling in healthcare careers.

“I was excited to learn that I as selected, and I look forward to the opportunities being a part of this program will bring,” said Johnson, before heading to his first session Friday.

Targeting males enrolled in two-year community colleges, the project was designed in an effort to support underrepresented males, ages 17 to 25, in the healthcare field and to encourage them to become leaders in the healthcare workforce while simultaneously increasing access to health professional education, training and career options.

According to CCC Math and Science Chair Patricia Furdge, Johnson is the first student from CCC to apply to the program.

“I’m happy to have a student from Coahoma Community College to be a part of this program,” Furdge said.  “This will give Justin the opportunity to network with students from other community colleges … I’m confident he will represent Coahoma well and will hopefully inspire other male students to join the program in the future.”