EMPOWERED is Enhancing Minority Partnership Opportunities Working to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities. This collaboration involves the Indiana State Department of Health Office of Minority Health (SOMH), the Indiana Area Health Education Center (IN-AHEC), the Indiana Minority Health Coalition (IMHC), as well as other state and regional partners.

The EMPOWERED program is being piloted at Imagine East Learning Center, a local charter school in Indianapolis. Healthcare professionals are recruited as mentors who have weekly contact with 6th and 7th graders at Imagine East. Each month, mentors meet with students at their school and encourage their studies, positive choices, and give students an introduction to healthcare as a career choice.