The Center for Healthy Communities Education Pipe-Line program provides opportunities for rising high school juniors from underrepresented communities to participate in an intensive summer training program. Consisting of two phases — Student Training for Academic Reinforcement in the Sciences (STARS for rising juniors) and Special Training to Raise Interest and Prepare for Entry into the Sciences (STRIPES for rising seniors) — the program engages students in team-based learning to increase their knowledge base in the sciences by developing critical reading, thinking, and analysis skills in preparation for college pre-health pursuits. Funded as a part of the NIMHD Center for Excellence, the Program activities include:
- Academic enrichment sessions during the summer
- Participation in community service activities and health advocacy
- An eight week internship in a health care provision site or a medical research facility upon high school graduation
In January 2017, three former and current Pipe-Line participants — Alexandria Broadnax, Breanna Heard, and Dominique Smith — presented a poster about the program’s history and methodology at the Strengthening the Community Engaged Research & Scholarship “Tool Box” community engagement forum. The poster abstract is available online.