MedStar Health is committed to building the next generation of healthcare professionals and providing internship opportunities to expose inner-city youth across the region to potential careers in health care. In 1998, MedStar began the Rx for Success program in partnership with the Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy in Baltimore, located in an area challenged with violence and poverty. The collaboration between MedStar and the school has evolved over the years to create more robust student internship experiences for high-risk youth. Building upon the success of the program in Baltimore, in 2016, MedStar expanded it to Eastern Senior High School in Washington, D.C., through a partnership with Companies for Causes, a nonprofit organization helping at-risk youth graduate and enter college or the workforce.
“The partnership with MedStar provides Eastern Senior High School students extremely valuable opportunities, allowing them to see the connection between their classes and the workplace,” stated Joe Weedon, executive director of Companies for Causes.
Bria Mable is among the participants who were in the program during all four years at the medical arts academy because of its opportunity for professional growth and development. She is now a college freshman studying to be an occupational therapist.