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On June 4, 2002, the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation invited prominent leaders of U.S. foundations, academic institutions, and government health agencies to participate in a lively discussion about the urgent problem of under-represented minorities in American health care.
This group of leading educators, thinkers, and policy makers put their heads together about how to improve diversity in the health professions. Among their recommendations, the #1 priority was to establish a central, online source of information about health career opportunities. The group enthusiastically embraced the idea of establishing "a national health careers Web site" -- and so, ExploreHealthCareers.org was born.
On November 1, 2006, the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) assumed leadership of www.ExploreHealthCareers.org (EHC) because of its commitment to expanding efforts to recruit a diverse cadre of talented students into the health professions and to help educate students about the importance of a career in the health professions. ADEA, a known champion of multi-disciplinary diversity initiatives, works in collaboration with the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP). Together, these groups represent the vast majority of all the health professions schools and programs in the nation.
On June 1, 2007, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded ADEA a grant to administer and expand EHC -- a free, interactive health careers website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers. Explore Health Careers is a joint initiative involving national foundations, professional associations, health career advisors, educational institutions and college students.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change.
For 35 years they have brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those we serve. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the leading national organization for dental education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools, advanced dental education programs, allied dental education programs, corporations, faculty, and students. The mission of ADEA is to lead individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research, and the delivery of oral health care for the health of the public. ADEA’s activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings, and communications, as well as the dental school admissions services AADSAS, CAAPID and PASS and the Journal of Dental Education. For more information, visit www.adea.org .
Last updated: June 12, 2013
©2012 American Dental Education Association ExploreHealthCareers is sponsored in part, by the Institute for Oral Health.