“A diverse and inclusive health care workforce—both in clinical and nonclinical/corporate settings—can help improve trust and empathy and strengthen the connection with patients and communities.”

Deloitte, Amplifying Black Voices

Hosted at our clinic: 2505 Ardmore St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Every summer, Comprehensive Therapy Center works with a diverse group of youth volunteers, with over a third of them being students of color. Many of these volunteers have expressed the desire to become speech and occupational therapists one day. However, we’ve noticed a gap.

In the United States, 79% of occupational therapists are white. That number is even higher for speech-language pathologists at 92%. This needs to change. A diverse healthcare workforce means better health outcomes for all.

While many of our volunteers say they’d like to pursue a career in healthcare, the barriers for non-white students are significant enough that they are unable to achieve that goal. That’s where we come in.

Diversity in Healthcare is a seven-week program where marginalized students attend workshops, speak with professionals in the field, and receive mentorship in order to reduce the barriers they face and prepare them for a future career in healthcare. Our ultimate goal: To see more diversity in healthcare.

  • Career information and advice from local professionals.
  • Information on overcoming barriers often faced by marginalized students. 
  • Mentorship
  • Support from program staff until professional licensure. 
  • Access to volunteer opportunities
  • Connection to local colleges and universities. 
  • $100 stipend
  • Part of a marginalized community
  • Reside in Kent County, MI
  • Enrolled in High School
  • Able to commit to the entire program

All sessions run from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

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Topics To Be Announced

Q: Do I need to have been a Therapy and Fun volunteer to apply?
A: No; all eligible students are encouraged to apply.

Q: I don’t have a computer at home. How can I attend?
A: CTC will provide iPads to students who need them. If you don’t have internet, we can work together to find a solution for you.

Q: I am only interested in some of the professions. Can I skip the other sessions?
A: To build a relationship with your cohort, to learn about a variety of healthcare careers, to hear helpful information beyond teach guest speaker’s profession, and to qualify for the stipend, you must attend all sessions (unless excused by the program director).

Q: Will there be another program next year?
A:
 We hope so!