MERIT Health Leadership Academy
Students in the Baltimore City Public School System have not always had opportunities to pursue careers in health care, STEM or public health fields. Stephanie Landicho Withey is working to change that.
As program director for MERIT Health Leadership Academy, Withey oversees a comprehensive academic and career mentoring program to give students a clear pathway into these jobs.
“The current STEM and health workforce does not represent the racial and economic diversity of America, and efforts to promote a more diverse health care workforce must address key factors early in students’ academic paths.” Withey said.
MERIT’s program offers Baltimore students a wide range of supports, including advanced science and math classes every Saturday, summer courses interning in labs and shadowing health professionals, long-term mentorship networks, college tours and college access support.
Withey said the program continues to grow.
“I am immensely proud of having grown MERIT’s impact on students, including increasing program size, growth on the SAT, acceptances to highly-selective colleges, and college scholarship amounts, totaling $9.5 million last year, our highest ever,” she said.