The Health, Education & Leadership Program (HELP) was designed to support the children of GW Medical Faculty Associates staff, many of whom come from underserved communities in Wards 7 and 8. This program promotes and encourages health awareness, advocacy, interest, ability and commitment to obtaining post-secondary education. HELP currently serves high school students who reside and attend public or charter schools in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The majority of the students that participate in HELP are from Title I schools.
This program is year round and consists of: a week long program during spring break, a week long program for back to school, and monthly professional development and service opportunities on Saturdays throughout the year. Students receive direct skills-based instruction from industry professionals, faculty, graduate medical education trainees (residents & fellows), and medical students. HELP participants also have the opportunity to shadow one-on-one with a health care provider during a normal work day. These opportunities help to ensure that the students receive a comprehensive and in-depth look at the health profession.
Exactly 100% of our HELP alumni graduate from high school. All of our alumni are enrolled at a community college or universities. In Ward 8, the high school graduation rate is 42% and the Rodham Institute firmly believes that this statistic is a strong social determinant of health