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The North Orange County Allied and other Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) aims to increase the pipeline of disadvantaged Latinos, Pacific Islanders (including Native Hawaiian, Samoan and Chamorro) and Southeast Asians (particularly Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong and Lao) into the professions of communicative disorders, counseling, occupational therapy, public health (including environmental health specialists, epidemiologists, health educators, and gerontologists), physical therapy, and social work. This multifaceted effort is specifically designed to increase retention and graduation of these diverse underserved students across the educational continuum, from high school and community college into four year college and graduate allied and other health profession programs.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D18HP29033 Health Careers Opportunity Program for $1,765,528 (0% financed by nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


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California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Fullerton has more than 38,000 students and approximately 2,100 full- and part-time faculty members. The University offers 109 degree programs in eight colleges. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, CSUF is fourth in the nation for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to minority students and first in California for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics. The University is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system.

The Allied Health Academy is coordinated through the College of Health & Human Development Department of Health Science.

Orange County Asian & Pacific Islander Community Alliance

The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) is dedicated to enhancing the health, and social and economic well-being of Asians and Pacific Islanders in Orange County, California. Established in 1997, OCAPICA works to improve and expand the community’s opportunities through service, education, advocacy, organizing and research. These community-driven activities seek to empower Asians and Pacific Islanders to define and control their lives and the future of their community.

Anaheim Union High School District

With a student population of approximately 31,000, the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) is one of the largest school districts in the state. The district serves students from a diverse range of cultures, with forty-nine different languages spoken in the homes of its families. In addition to a rigorous, standards-based curriculum, AUHSD offers a wide array of Career Technical Education courses, representing over twenty career pathways ranging across a dozen industries, including the medical field. In addition, the district encourages student service and community engagement with the annual Servathon on Martin Luther King Day, as well as through the efforts of student clubs and the Student Service Foundation. These programs come together to prepare students for meaningful college and career experiences, as well as a lifetime of community service and involvement.

For the NOCA HCOP grant, students will be recruited from the Patient Care career pathway and will be supported in continuing their pursuit of an Allied Health Career at the college level, including mentoring and a "bridge" program to prepare them for the demands of college-level work.

Cypress College

Cypress College is a comprehensive two-year, public college situated in northwest Orange County. As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Cypress College serves more than 20,000 diverse students, of whom 42.7% are Hispanic, 17% Asian, and 0.5% Pacific Islander. Cypress College hosts a variety of programs to promote diversity, such as the STEM2 program.

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California State University, Dominguez Hills

Centrally located in the South Bay and the heart of Los Angeles, CSU Dominguez Hills is a diverse, welcoming community of learners and educators collaborating to change lives and communities for the better. Through our strong and relevant academic programs, dedicated faculty mentors, supportive staff, and attractive campus and student amenities, CSUDH is committed to connecting our students to an affordable, high-quality and transformative education while providing our communities with a vital resource for talent, knowledge, skills and leadership needed to thrive today and tomorrow.

California State University, Fullerton

Cal State Fullerton offers outstanding opportunities for students to pursue a graduate degree and attain their personal and professional goals. Approximately 2,100 full- and part-time dedicated faculty members - scholars, researchers, writers, composers, artists and mentors - bring a diversity of teaching styles, interests and personalities to Cal State Fullerton. Many are nationally recognized through their publications, research grants and other professional activities.

University of California, Irvine

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) has combined the strengths of a major research university with the bounty of an incomparable Southern California location. UCI’s unyielding commitment to rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and leadership and character development makes the campus a driving force for innovation and discovery that serves our local, national and global communities in many ways. With 30,000 students, 1,100 faculty members and 9,700 staff, UCI is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system. More than a third of UCI’s incoming freshmen are from low-income backgrounds, and more than half are the first in their families to pursue a four-year degree.

Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences (Western U) is a graduate medical school featuring nine colleges. The College of Health Sciences supports Western U in its mission to increase the availability of health care providers to serve the needs of the people living in the western region of the United States. In addition, the College of Allied Health Professions provides educational opportunities for students in a variety of health careers. Classes are offered in an environment intended to foster respect for the uniqueness of humanity. Students are provided with classroom and clinical experiences designed to prepare them to function as competent health care practitioners.



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