Post Baccalaureate and Outreach Programs
HealthLink is a partnership between UCSF medical students, Bay Area public schools and community organizations.
Our mission is to inspire and support high school students from communities that are under-represented in the health professions through mentorship, workshops and hands-on activities in the health sciences. We understand that current UCSF students have the inique opportunity and responsiblity to advance diversity by mentoring the next generation of health professionals. We envision a future in which healthcare workers come from backgrounds that are as ethnically and economically diverse as the communities they serve and hope to provide particpants with an opportunity to change the face of healthcare.
- High schools students will have a mentor in a UCSF health professional school who can both expose them to careers in the health professions and guide and support their growth during high school.
- UCSF students will develop their skills in leardership, teaching and mentorship, which will be crucial in their role as future health professionals.
- UCSF students will take an active role in advancing the University's mission to build upon their commitment to diversity.
HealthLink grew out of the work of several first year medical students at UCSF in 2002. In response to systemic ethnic, racial and socioeconomic disparities within the health professions, a group of UCSF first-year medical students created MedLink. They resolved to create a program in which medical students could meaningfully engage high school stduents from under-represented communities in long-lasting, supportive relationships that create a true link to the health professions and an opportunity to change the face of medicine. In 2016, the MedLink Program officially changed its name to HealthLink to include graduate students from all five UCSF health professional schools.