Creating Pathways and Access for Student Success Foundation™

We aim to increase underrepresented Illinois students in major healthcare and related STEM professions by providing the strongest educational foundation and access to resources.

Our Programs

Our hands-on programs focus on STEM and STEAM education for middle school, high school and college-level students. Our leaders introduce growth goals, provide consistent guidance towards a degree and create pathways for workforce development. Our customized database can quickly filter your or a student’s search for STEM and STEAM programs, courses, workforce development and activities throughout Illinois.
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SMASH Illinois

SMASH Illinois is a FREE three-year STEM-intensive residential college prep program for underrepresented high school students of color from the Chicago Metropolitan Area, Carbondale, and the East St. Louis Metro Area.

Hands-On Healthcare STEM Learning

CPASS Mini-Medical School

Fourth and fifth grade students perform cool experiments and learn about the body and its systems in Rush Mini-Medical School.
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MAPSCorps

High school students in MAPSCorps use smartphones to produce high-quality data that will improve healthcare and wellbeing in their community.

Use our search tool to find STEM programs near you in the areas that you’re interested in.

STEM Education

STEM is important in every area of our lives. With a STEM education, students can be part of the next generation of innovators.
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Study Tips for STEM Students [Guide]

Get your free Quick Guide to become a successful S.T.E.M student.

What Our Alumni Say

Professionals who were launched on their future careers by our programs talk about STEM, their education, and the opportunities they received.

Eric Whitaker, MD, MPH

Chair, CPASS Foundation

“Until CAHMCP, I was not supported in my dream of becoming a doctor. It was an eye-opening experience to be with students of color who all valued education.”

Laura Lucero, MD

Family Practice/Chief Medical Officer, Beloved Community Family Wellness Center

“I’ve never studied so hard, tried so hard. I was in that anatomy course all day long. I finally got into medical school a year later.”

Mildred M. G. Olivier, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Learning Environment, Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

“CAHMCP gave me a group of friends I studied with in medical school, and we tried to be the best that we could be.”

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News & Events

News
Welcome Tracie Screven as Associate Director for the CPASS Foundation

Welcome Tracie Screven as Associate Director for the CPASS Foundation

Tracie Screven is an adept technical professional with exceptional project management and strategy experience. In previous years, Tracie held various roles in Research and Development at Kraft Heinz for over 16 years. And most recently she held roles at SMASH as Site...

Illinois’s Future Depends on STEM Careers That Include Everyone

Illinois’s Future Depends on STEM Careers That Include Everyone

To grow a diverse workforce and address inequality Chicago companies need to innovate with STEM hiring and promotion. The Illinois STEM workforce is the sixth-largest in the US and growing fast. With an innovative job market and strong universities, students come to...

EVENTS

Pre-Med Advice for College Freshmen

Pre-Med Advice for College Freshmen

Are you considering a pre-med track? Join us for a presentation about medical school and speak with members of our staff about your goals and concerns. This event begins at 10 a.m. with refreshments; the presentation starts at 11 a.m. Dates: March 23, 201911 a.m....

The Blog

Robotics Is Surging in Chicagoland

Robotics Is Surging in Chicagoland

The pandemic accelerated development of artificial intelligence and automation. Now students as young as pre-K are learning to code. The pandemic forced laboratories, factories, and warehouses around the world to replace humans with robots. As the world reopens,...

Social Media Doctors

Social Media Doctors

These doctors are here to teach everybody, on several platforms. Americans spend at least four hours a day looking at their phones. In 2020, 59 percent of American internet users looked online for health information. Social media is an efficient way to reach diverse,...