Healthy Rural California Healthcare Professions Pathways Program (HPPP)

Healthy Rural California was awarded an HCAI HPPP grant in 2022 to recruit and support students from underrepresented regions and backgrounds to pursue health careers.  These include but are not limited to persons with disabilities, former foster youth, members of the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, and adult/non-traditional learners (including Veterans). 

Beginning in June, 2023 and through 2027, Healthy Rural California will provide 20 internship stipends annually to selected high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students in Butte, Glenn, Shasta, and Tehama counties interested in exploring careers in nursing and medicine. Internships will take place in community health clinics, public health and behavioral health clinics, college health centers, and other community health-based organizations that promote health equity. 

Student interns will receive the following: 

  • Stipend of $4,250 upon completion of the eight-week internship / summer enrichment program 
  • Qualitative structured cohort programming (enrichment, career, summer internship, graduate school/medical school preparation) 
  • Financial and funding education workshops 
  • Newsletters, web based and social media support 
  • Research and community experiences 
  • Mental health awareness and support 
  • Mentoring opportunities with peers and healthcare professionals from diverse backgrounds 
  • Academic counseling/academic preparation skills 
  • Online educational component 

Community Stakeholders can partner with us to improve the health profession’s pathway by joining our HPPP Committee.  Here is the ask: 

  • We value your referrals-help us to select students to participate in the internship program. Refer your students to the HPPP application by April 25. An electronic copy can be found here. 


  • Participate in the program by sharing resources, knowledge, or host a one-week medical or nursing student shadowing rotation at your location.  You can complete an interest survey by April 25th here. 

  • Help us by providing input pre-and post-program by participating in two meetings, one in the Spring and one in the Fall.