Leading to Equitable Access to Health Professions

What is LEAHP?

Leading to Equitable Access to Health Professions (LEAHP) is a component of the Duke University School of Nursing Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The program provides mentorship to increase nursing students' readiness for successful entry into advanced practice nursing programs. Mentorship by Advanced Practice Nurse faculty and students will address known barriers to successful admission and program success of historically excluded students. Students will attend a weeklong immersion experience at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) where they will participate in activities that will expose them to various advance practice nursing roles, improve understanding of admission criteria, increase self-confidence, create support systems, and identify resources for affording health professions education.

The LEAHP program will assist the students in designing a professional development plan that will assist them in achieving successful admission into an Advanced Practice nursing program. Some activities include:

  • Seminars and activities which highlight health disparities and health access
  • Personal and professional development
  • Simulated Nurse Practitioner experiences
  • Community-based shadow experiences
Benefits of LEAHP

Nursing students in their junior or senior year participating in the LEAHP program benefit in a variety of ways:

  • Receive a stipend
  • Work with Duke faculty
  • Gain exposure to an array of leaders and advanced practice nursing roles
  • Expand understanding of health equity concepts
  • Academic advising and career counseling
  • Personal and professional development
Who is eligible for LEAHP Program?

LEAHP program is a weeklong immersion experience designed to increase nursing students' readiness for successful entry into an Advanced Practice nursing program. In order to apply for LEAHP and be eligible for the summer experience, you must:

  • Be a member of one of the following underrepresented groups in nursing:
    • American Indian/Native American
    • African American/Black
    • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    • Hispanic/Latino
  • Be a U.S. citizen or hold permanent resident visa
  • Be enrolled in a pre-licensure nursing program (junior-senior)
Important Dates
  • Program date: June 6-10, 2022
  • Application opens: March 1, 2022
  • Decision notifications: April 29, 2022
Requirements

Requirements include:

Send copies of all documents via email to son-diversity@dm.duke.edu.

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