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Workforce Development
Fiscal Year 2005-2009

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
8415 Datapoint #400
San Antonio, TX 78229

Phone: (210) 576-3229 
Fax: (210) 692-0823
Title: HACU Health Careers Internship and Faculty Work Force Development Program
Project Period: 9/30/05 - 9/29/09
Project Director: Dr. John Moder
Target Population: Hispanics/Latinos

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) represents accredited, non-profit colleges and universities with a Hispanic student enrollment of 25% or more of the total enrollment, designated Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). HACU membership also includes Associate Member Institutions, non-profits, accredited colleges, universities, or systems where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes at least 10 percent of the total enrollment or a minimum of 1,000 Hispanic students enrolled; partner institutions, non-profit, accredited colleges, universities or systems that do not have the numbers or percentages of Hispanic students to be an HSI or Associate member but that are committed to increasing Hispanic success in higher education; and International Member Institutions. HACU’s mission is to: promote the development of member colleges and universities; improve access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities of Hispanic students; and meet the needs of business, industry, and government through the development and sharing of resources, information, and expertise. HACU addresses the health and quality of life for racial and ethnic minority populations with programs that provide targeted minority undergraduate and graduate health majors with firsthand knowledge of public health programs and agencies and faculty fellowship programs to develop essential skills for success in the academic arena and advance the career development of faculty.

HACU Health Careers Internship and Faculty Work Force Development Program: This program seeks to increase the diversity of the health-related workforce through the HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) and the HACU Professions Capacity-Building Program (PCBP). Through its ten-week summer and fifteen-week fall and spring sessions, HNIP exposes academically qualified students from HSIs and other colleges and universities to professional and educational experiences in the public and private sectors. HNIP provides a professional experience to a minimum of 125 Hispanic student interns in the Department of Health and Human Services in order to enable them to make more educated career choices in the health sciences and health-related fields. The PCBP is designed to increase the capacity of selected faculty, with support from Offices of Sponsored Research at degree-granting HSIs, to participate in Federal, state, and private-sector funded scientific health-related research activities. The program will recruit 20 faculty members to: participate in technical training workshops to enhance their knowledge base and provide first-hand experience in Federal grantsmanship; gain exposure, through field experiences, to the inner workings of the National Institutes of Health and its programs; enhance the database of HSI health and science faculty; and provide information on Federal and private grant announcements and funding opportunities related to health sciences and health disparities.

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