On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA), Mission Health, the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation (WCMSF), and the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) will host the annual Minority Medical Mentoring Program (MMMP) HOPE Banquet.
This program began in the fall of 2005 as an internship program for under-represented high school minorities with an interest in practicing medicine. The overarching goals of MMMP are to increase the number of underrepresented minorities training and practicing in WNC, enhance quality of care (prevention & wellness) as a result of increased workforce diversity, and achieve increased levels of health parity for populations of color in WNC.
This year’s keynote address will be given by four MMMP alumni: Davon Washington, Melvis Madrigal, Darryl Jayda Hart, and Zaria Bunn. Proceeds from the event will support the Dr. Charles Blair Health Parity Scholarship Fund that awards each MMMP intern a scholarship.
The MMMP internship and its related programs give students opportunities they would not otherwise have. Many of these students are first-generation high school graduates and the first generation to attend college. Many of their families may not have the ability to assist their students in preparation for higher education.
“This is an innovative program in Buncombe County that is needed throughout the state and particularly in the rural Appalachian communities. “With continued support, this program will continue to grow, thrive and change lives,” says Jacquelyn Hallum, MAHEC’s Director of Health Careers and Diversity Education.
The HOPE Banquet will be held at the MAHEC Mary C. Nesbitt Biltmore Campus on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Blue Ridge Room. 100% of your $50 donation to attend goes directly to scholarships. Tickets are available at www.mahec.net/HOPE2019.