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LSUHS and the American Heart Association partner to BRING STEM TO LIFE for Huntington High School Students

The American Heart Association (AHA) partnered with the Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences (CCDS) at LSU Health Shreveport to deliver BRING STEM TO LIFE. The AHA is working to close the equality gap in STEM through this program.  The program draws from the Association’s strong legacy of science, education and discovery to help propel rewarding careers in STEM. BRING STEM TO LIFE brings interesting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by giving them access to leading employers and experts who can provide insight into STEM careers. 

As the pandemic has shown, today’s economy and tomorrow’s wellbeing depend on innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Despite the increase in financial fields, a troubling gap still occurs, particularly in women of color, in the area of science. Of 100 female students working toward a bachelors degree, only three will work in a STEM job after graduation.  Even more troubling, by 2030, roughly half of the vacant STEM jobs will be in health care.

LSU Health Shreveport and the American Heart Association are creating change working together to help young adults uncover their potential to find their path today.  Both organizations are commitment to develop a robust pipeline of innovators who will develop the research, technology and innovations that will eliminate heart disease and ensure health equity in our communities.

Over 50 students from Huntington High School were exposed to technology, faculty and mentors from the Schools of Medicine, School of Graduate Studies (PhD in basic sciences) and School of Allied Health Professions.  

The Center for Cardiovascular Diseases and Sciences (CCDS) is one of four Centers of Excellence on the LSU Health Shreveport campus.  Cardiovascular disease research represents a considerable strength of the LSU Health Shreveport campus, with CCDS faculty receiving a sizable portion of the extramural funding to LSU Health Shreveport. In addition, the CCDS provides an excellent environment to promote trainee and faculty development.

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