Indiana University Health has partnered with Wabash College to establish a mentorship and training program in public health. A nearly $85,000 gift from the health system will fund the program’s three initiatives.

Wabash College says the program aims to develop the next generation of healthcare leaders. The program begins this summer.

"This whole idea generated from a conversation I had with IU Health CEO Dan Evans," said Wabash College President Gregory Hess. "I asked him, ‘What can Wabash College do to strengthen our state?’ and he said, ‘We need more Wabash men working at IU Health and in the life sciences sector in Central Indiana.’ We believe that this partnership will identify students even before they arrive at Wabash and groom them to become the next generation of liberally educated leaders in these critically important fields.”

The first initiative is a pre-college summer mentorship, in which a small group of students will become IU Health Scholars, take part in a four-week course to ease their transition into college and learn about medical and non-medical career opportunities. Wabash says these students will typically be first-generation college students and a preference will be given to students of color.

The second initiative will give summer internships to two Wabash students. Known as IU Health Partners, these students will experience administrative opportunities in the healthcare industry.

Wabash says in the third initiative, IU Health will provide instruction, course materials and meals to help train selected students, faculty and staff in LEAN business principles. The goal is to help organizations be more productive while eliminating waste.

Roland Morin, director of the Center for Innovation, Business and Entrepreneurship at Wabash, says the program will allow students to be more competitive in the marketplace. He says it also lets employers know that students in the program are prepared and work-ready.

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