FORT SMITH – The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) hosted its second cohort for its Mentoring and Achievement Preparation (M.A.P.) Program. This innovative initiative is designed to educate, encourage, equip, and engage diverse students from underrepresented and underserved populations considering careers in occupational therapy or physical therapy.

In Spring 2023, ACHE’s College of Health Sciences Admissions Department, School of Occupational Therapy (ACHE OT), School of Physical Therapy (ACHE PT), and the Office of Diversity launched the M.A.P. program. The mission of this program is to make a positive difference in the lives of underserved populations and help reduce health disparities for everyone.

In June 2023, the ACHE M.A.P. welcomed its inaugural cohort for a three day on-campus immersive experience. After completing the program, participants receive ongoing mentorship from faculty members and current students in the ACHE OT and/or ACHE PT programs. Additionally, they will be regularly invited by the ACHE College of Health Sciences Admissions to attend future admissions-related workshops and events.

Dr. LaTisha Standokes, Executive Director of Admissions at ACHE College of Health Sciences, expressed her enthusiasm for the program: “The ACHE M.A.P. Program is a crucial step towards creating a more inclusive healthcare environment. By providing these students with the tools and support they need, we are paving the way for a future where diversity is encouraged and celebrated.”

For more information about the ACHE M.A.P. Program or to get involved, please contact Dr. LaTisha Standokes at map@achehealth.edu.