Through a guided discovery brainstorm of racial equity disparities, a student brought up healthcare and the class then picked it as the focus. They identified their need for more diversity in medical leadership and primary care through their own experience (talking about who their doctors were) and through interview research.
Students lived experience and interviews with Kiana Contreras (NP at Lynn Community Health and parent) and Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH (Director, The Disparities Solutions Center, Mass General Hospital; Director, Equity in Care Implementation, Mass General Hospital; Administrative Director of Research, Dept. of Medicine, Mass General Hospital; Adjunct Faculty, Northeastern University) were the key research point that inspired their direction. Additionally, web based secondary research.
Annotated Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O9whVrp_Br65CNy7a5Ur4KnqP8p21qNFkpCmN6h3sNM/edit?usp=sharing
There is clearly a pipeline problem hindering people of color from becoming physicians. This group proposed a scholarship program for a student who would like to pursue a career in the medical field from our own diverse community: SACS! This scholarship program is a wonderful opportunity to support students, educate the community, and increase diversity rates. They presented their proposal to a Leadership Panel at Salem Academy. The scholarship’s namesake is Dr. Sarah P. Remond. She was an African American Woman born in 1824 here in Salem, MA. Dr. Remond was an active abolitionist and followed that path across the world to Italy. In Italy she managed to: earn a medical degree through training (and become one of the first female African American doctors), and continued to be an abolitionist and an activist. She inspired these students to create this scholarship and create more opportunities for Salem Academy students, who want a future in the medical field.
Since the scholarship has not been funded and confirmed year by the Salem Academy administration, the goal of the project is that a Salem Academy student of color will be able to continue their education in the medical field.
Social Emotional Learning
Giving and receiving feedback, delegating work, consensus building
Fallon Burke (email@example.com)
Salem Academy Charter School
Salem Academy Charter SchoolClass/Program
Number of Teachers
Number of Students
Monthly, on Service-Learning half days and additionally blocks of 1 hour increments.
Kiana Contreras (NP at Lynn Community Health and parent) and Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH (Director, The Disparities Solutions Center, Mass General Hospital; Director, Equity in Care Implementation, Mass General Hospital; Administrative Director of Research, Dept. of Medicine, Mass General Hospital; Adjunct Faculty, Northeastern University)
[“History and Social Science”]
Skills or Knowledge Learned
Interview skills, presentation skills, research skills