Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC)
What is HPAC?
Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) is a proposed pipeline program that is centered on an asset based community-building model aiming to create programs that utilize already existing community assets and bundling them in a manner that further supports student success.
HPAC is an affinity community designed to be offered in any schools/or the community for 8th-12th graders who have an interest in extending their connection to health professions and learning more about the pathway and collective experiences that can help them end up in a health related vocation or professional school.
HPAC is designed to expose students to the world of work, prepare them with additional academic and social assets needed to maneuver from education to the world of work and provide them with non-academic tools in the realm of social engagement, self-management and motivation.
HPAC is essentially the "connector" and "keeper" of multiple existing programs that can be brought together and focused in one area. The key principle of the program is that students increase their academic scholarship, understand the value of research, further engage in the community, and become well prepared young adults who are able to match the careers they aspire to enter with the correct level of preparation.