The Health and Science Pipeline Initiative (HASPI) began in 2006 as a grant-funded program in San Diego County that aimed to increase awareness and strengthen preparation for healthcare careers. Although the original grant period was concluded in November 2014, HASPI continues with collaboration and support from SB1070 funding and the Health Workforce Initiative.
I am an Industry OR Higher Education Representative. How Do I BECOME A HASPI Partner?
The HASPI resources have recently been updated to reflect the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as applicable. The course curriculum pages and teacher guides for each lab or activity contain information on which standards apply.
How were the resources created?
The HASPI resources have been created through collaboration with education and industry representatives, primarily in San Diego County. Through collaboration each lab or activity has been designed to have medical or healthcare application, while meeting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
HOW CAN THE CURRICULUM RESOURCES BE INCORPORATED INTO CORE ACADEMIC COURSES?
The HASPI Curriculum Resources have been created to be used in "core" academic courses, other than an elective Anatomy & Physiology course. For example, the Medical Biology curriculum resources have been created using the standards that would be used in a core biology course that every student would be required to take. Incorporating medical and healthcare topics into core courses makes them more relevant, and reduces the chance that an "elective" course will be cut from a student's schedule. Any teacher can incorporate these resources into their own core courses WITHOUT creating a new course on their campus.
DO I NEED TO CREATE A NEW COURSE TO USE HASPI CURRICULUM?
No! The HASPI Curriculum Resources have been created using the NGSS and CCSS standards for core courses, and can simply be used as supplemental resources or substituted for labs or activities already used in core courses.
What if I want a new course code for these Medical-Oriented courses?
In California, creating a new course requires submission of a UC application, which must be submitted per district/site. In addition, many districts have their own requirements for new course submissions. HASPI does have select sites that have gone through this process, but just because the UC application for a course has been approved in one district, does not mean it will be approved in another due to the current process. In the near future, HASPI partner sites are seeking to use the UC Curriculum Integration process to obtain UC approval for health-oriented courses. We will update our partners and post information on the website when, and if, this process is successful.
*It is also recommended that districts/sites should consider applying for NCAA course approval.
Do you provide industry opportunities for schools outside of San diego?
At this time, we only have funding to provide school and industry connections within California.