The School of Allied Health Professions at LSU Health Shreveport is in the midst of hosting their second week of 50 high school students for interactive, hands-on experiences through the Allied Health Education and Discovery (AHEAD) program. AHEAD is a free, 5-day program allowing Louisiana high school students to participate in a week of education about the potential healthcare career paths available in the community. The week includes spotlights for careers such as occupational therapist, physical therapist, physician assistant, and speech-language pathologist.
Madison Evans, an AHEAD program participant in 2021 reflected on the program, “The program provided us with a visual map and outlined the steps to take in college to achieve these careers. Attending the AHEAD program gave me more confidence in pursuing a career in the healthcare field.”
Over half of this year’s participating students are Black, Indigenous, and people of color and 74% of students will be high school seniors or college freshman in the fall, making AHEAD timely for those with an interest in healthcare careers. The experience is a great opportunity to refine their interests and the steps required to achieve their career goals. Thirteen Shreveport and Bossier Parish high schools have been represented during the June and July AHEAD sessions.