Saba Ali is the founder and director of Project HOPE (Healthcare, Occupations, Preparation and Exploration), a STEM-based career education program designed to connect minority and low socioeconomic middle school students to the health science professions early in their education. Launched in 2009, HOPE addresses the critical need to increase rural and racial diversity in the American health care workforce. Under Ali’s leadership, HOPE was selected as one of 12 of Gov. Terry Branstad’s STEM Scale-Up projects in 2012-13 and received $10,000 in funding from the John Deere Foundation in 2015.
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