Local clinics join together to mentor students interested in healthcare

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Clinics across Baton Rouge have partnered together to mentor over 60 students who are interested in healthcare.

Students in the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC) will be mentees under healthcare providers from The Baton Rouge Clinic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation (BCBSLA), and Franciscan
Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU). The name of this program is called Health Fellows and was started in 2020 by The Baton Rouge Clinic and BRYC.

The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition supports under-resourced, high-achieving high school students and prepares them to graduate college. Health Fellows’ purpose is to give students a deep look into the process of becoming a healthcare professional, which in turn, prepares students for what they will be learning in the field.

Doctors from The Baton Rouge Clinic, Mike Rolfsen and Jewell Crockett, were in charge of the program in 2020 and said they were happy that FranU and Blue Cross/Blue Shield were part of the project.

“The synergy of an active medical practice, an outstanding insurance company, and a university specializing in healthcare degrees should create an experience that incentivizes and engages students who might not otherwise consider a career in allied health,” Rolfsen said. “We {The Clinic} recognize the need to help diversify the healthcare workforce and are excited to expand the opportunities available to BRYC students through education, scholarships, and our ability to bring partners to the table.”

According to an official press release, this year’s class features 49 high schoolers and 14 college students with career interests ranging from biomedical engineering to pediatric nursing.

Chris Hilliard, diversity, equity, and inclusion partner at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana said the partnership allows the company to help underrepresented communities address healthcare disparities in the state.

Based on their interests, students will join one of three sessions spearheaded by a healthcare professional. Crockett will focus on the daily activities of direct patient caregivers, Hilliard will focus on the business side of health services and Esther Penns, director of academic advising at FranU, will go over behavioral and occupational health.

“FranU’s partnership with BRYC is an incredible opportunity to live out our mission of preparing highly skilled professionals, integrated thinkers, and faith-filled citizens while providing unique exposure and education to the Health Fellows in their process of vocational discernment,” Penns said.

Students who complete the program are eligible for scholarships the following spring.

Follow this link to learn more about the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition.

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