Pipeline Programs

pipeline programs to introduce diverse youth to health sciences.

Since its inception in 2000, the Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs Office has introduced hundreds of young people to health sciences careers. Our pipeline programs serve area students at many levels, including middle school, high school and college years, and beyond.

The programs expose young people from diverse backgrounds to career opportunities they might not have considered otherwise and help students envision themselves in health sciences surroundings. Mentors encourage students to establish short- and long-term educational and professional goals and make educational choices that will foster an ongoing interest in science. 

Pipeline programs lay the groundwork that can lead to students becoming viable applicants to competitive programs in medicine, dentistry and other health science disciplines. 

Focus on Health Professions

Focus on Health Professions is an after-school program that introduces middle school students to the health sciences through a series of presentations on science and math.

Students are exposed to biology, anatomy and chemistry through a number of experiments, investigations and dissections. Topics covered include: the heart, skeletal system, digestive system, brain, lungs, eyes and visual optics, ear and sound waves, blood types, DNA, cells and their functions and teeth.

Students also participate in discussions with Creighton students in the health professions. Students learn how to enter a health career and about different specialty areas. In addition, the program offers tutoring at local middle schools after school, with Creighton students in the health professions volunteering their time as tutors.  

Middle School Initiative

The Middle School Initiative exposes students to biology, anatomy and chemistry through a number of experiments, investigations and dissections.

Specific topics covered are: the heart, skeletal system, digestive system, brain, lungs, eyes and visual optics, ear and sound waves, blood types, DNA, cells and their functions and teeth.

Students participate in open discussions with Creighton students in the health sciences about medicine and health careers and learn how to enter a career in the health professions and about various specialty fields.

Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies (BABES)

Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies (BABES) is a primary prevention program designed to give children a lifetime of protection from substance abuse.  BABES’ accomplishes this by assisting young people to develop positive living skills and by providing them with accurate, non-judgmental information about the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. This important information is presented in a manner designed to gain the attention of children and to enable them to develop a desire for healthful living and give them the ability to better understand how to protect themselves from alcohol and chemical dependency situations among their peers and within a family structure. They use delightful animal puppets are humanized to be like men, women and children we all know (including ourselves when we self-observe).

The target audience for the program is grade level K-3 (ages 5-8).  This program is meant to be a part of either an after school based program or community organization program.

Mini Health Sciences School

Think you might want to be a health care professional someday? A nurse or doctor? Pharmacist?  Dentist? Occupational or physical therapist?  Learn what a career in health sciences would be like!

Spend at week at Creighton University’s Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs Department (HS-MACA). Each summer HS-MACA collaborates with Creighton University School of Medicine, Creighton School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, College of Nursing, and CHI Health to provide a health sciences day camp for community organizations.

Students are exposed to careers in medicine and provided a perspective of what is considered health science and the various jobs available to them in the many related fields. The mini day camp includes panel discussions with healthcare professionals, interactive hand-on activities, an insider tour of the hospital, including operating rooms, simulation labs, dissection and wellness activities. 

Contact us at 402.280.3029 for more information and details on how your organization can participate and learn more about the many disciplines of health sciences.

Sudanese Student Learning Initiative

Launched in the summer of 2012, the Sudanese Student Learning Initiative was designed to reduce disparities in the vastly growing Sudanese population in Omaha, Neb.

The Health Science Multicultural Affairs Office partners with the Darfur Association for Education and Community Services, Inc. to combat the vulnerability of youth by empowering them through education. Students meet for two hours, two days each week for eight weeks, at the Southern Sudanese Community Association and learn about mathematics and science as they relate to health disparities. 

The students also learn about the process of applying to and enrolling in college, and about careers in the health sciences. Activities involve learning about the skeletal system, brain, eye, cancer and infectious diseases, cells and more.

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)

The Pipeline to Success Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is a federally funded grant that provides students from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills needed to successfully compete for, enter, and graduate from health professional schools.

Learn more about HCOP

Bridge Program

The HCOP College Bridge Program is designed to assist students as they transition from high school to post-secondary education. In this program, students are introduced to college-level courses including general chemistry, calculus and writing. These classes are taught by college professors and professionals from the field.

The students also receive academic enrichment on the following topics: health disparities, public health, leadership, time management, cultural competency, and interviewing skills to better prepare them for college life.