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Program Mission

To amplify exposure, cultivate interest, and provide tools, resources, and guidance to pathways into careers in health for students who are educationally and socio-economically disadvantaged.

Program Description

The K-12 Outreach Programs at UC Davis School of Medicine sponsors and supports a variety of programs and opportunities year-round that allow students to develop and sustain an interest in medicine and science while promoting early college preparation and readiness.

Housed within the Office of Student and Resident Diversity, the K-12 Outreach Programs mark the first step in the pathway effort to produce a workforce of health workers that reflects diversity and will reduce health disparities in their various fields and the communities in which they will serve.

The programs offer opportunities in person at the School of Medicine, within the community, virtually, as well as online communications that are structured to provide mentorship, build leadership, expand networks, and provide support for K-12 students, K-12 program alumni, as well as medical student mentors to expand on the development of the skills necessary for success in both academic pursuits as well as professional development towards careers in health.

Health Equity Academy – Leaders for Tomorrow’s Healthcare (HEALTH)

Program Highlights

  • There is no cost to participate.
  • Program is offered three times a year 
  • Meet health professionals along with current medical students, resident physicians, and other trainees.
  • Network with other high school students who are also interested in careers in health.
  • Learn about different career pathways in healthcare.
  • Learn to effectively work in teams to produce a research presentation.
  • Learn to develop a research question and the skills to examine public health issues in your community.
  • Gain leadership skills to begin your journey as scholars in health.
  • Participate in fun and interactive virtual activities.

Program Eligibility 

Program applicants must:

  • Be a California resident
  • Be a current high school student (graduating seniors aren't eligible for summer HEALTH)
  • Have a career interest or be open to learn about the medicine or human healthcare professions
  • Come from a socioeconomically disadvantaged, underrepresented, or rural background
  • Be committed to attend orientation and all program sessions
  • Not have previously completed or dismissed from the program
  • Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (if participating in spring or summer HEALTH)

Program Structure

  • Fall 2023
    • Program will be held in person at the UC Davis School of Medicine Campus (Sacramento location).
    • Six Saturday sessions from September to November.
  • Spring 2024 
    • Program will be held in person during six Saturday sessions from February to April.
    • High school students residing in Sacramento or surrounding counties are encouraged to apply.
  • Summer 2024
    • Program will be held in person during one full week in late June.
    • High school students residing in Sacramento or surrounding counties are encouraged to apply.

NOTE: Our Health Equity Academy is not an overnight program. If applicants are accepted to our program, parents/guardians are responsible to transport their child to and from our UC Davis School of Medicine (Sacramento campus) to attend the in-person academy sessions.

Health Equity Academy Summer 2024 Program

Participation of all Dates is Required

  • Parent and Student Orientation (Via Zoom)
    • Date: June 18, 2024
    • Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

          6 Program Sessions (In Person)

          Session Times: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

    • Session 1: June 20, 2024
    • Session 2: June 21, 2024
    • Session 3: June 22, 2024
    • Session 4: June 24, 2024
    • Session 5: June 25, 2024
    • Session 6: June 26, 2024

Program Application 

  • Access Application HERE!
  • Application Opens: April 29, 2024
  • Application Deadline: May 24, 2024 by 11:59 p.m.

Interested in becoming a Research Mentor?

Access the HEALTH+ Research Mentor Application here!

Application Opens: April 19, 2024

Application Deadline: May 10, 2024 by 11:59 p.m.


The goals of HEALTH+ ALUMNI NETWORK are to continue to serve Health Equity Academy Scholar Graduates by providing them:

  • Support: Disseminating resources, webinars, conferences, and scholarship opportunities.

  • Guidance: Disseminating, general, but timely recommendations for next steps pathway information into medicine from various pre-healthpoints throughout training (i.e.,high school, college,graduate, and post graduate education).

  • Mentorship: Linking students tofaculty, medical students, staff, mentorship, while promoting opportunities to peer mentor current HEALTH students that are in prior points in the pathway.

  • Connection: OSRD pathway programs, the School of Medicine, partner programs, like-minded students.


As you prepare for your future career in health, there are various important steps to take along the way. Please click the link below to view a 9th-12th grade timeline along with other resources on summer/year round internships that are paid and volunteer. Additionally, you can find opportunities to engage in health-related fields or exposures both in high school and beyond. 



Laura Kester Prakash, M.D., M.P.H.


Director of K-12 Outreach Curriculum 

Patricia González, M.A.Ed.




Jennifer Xiong

(she, her, hers)

Early Academic Prep Coordinator

Diana Moua

(she, her, hers)

Pre-Health Outreach Liaison


Please contact us with any questions, concerns, or updates at: 

It is never too early to start your career pathway…

The program coordinator works with the UC Davis School of Medicine Student Interest Groups and Pre-med/Pre-health students from UC Davis to provide the following services based on availability:

  • Classroom visits (presentation or workshop on various topics)
  • College Fairs
  • Career Days

Book a Tour

The Outreach Team hosts tours of the UC Davis School of Medicine for interested high school and community college student groups.  Click to reserve your spot on a tour.

For specific questions regarding Health Equity Academy or HEALTH+ Alumni Network, please contact:


For inquiries regarding the K-12 Outreach Programs, please contact:

Office of Student Resident Diversity


For inquiries regarding the UC Davis Main Campus, please contact:

Undergraduate Admissions


Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Contact Undergraduate Admissions