Department of Family and Social Medicine

Bronx HOPE

Bronx Health Opportunities Partnership-Einstein (Bronx HOPE) supports underserved, economically and educationally disadvantaged students in pursuing and succeeding in rigorous academic programs in the health professions.

Each year, Bronx HOPE's pipeline model supports over 330 students' progress to higher academic levels through partner programs that encourage:

"Our students succeed in pursuing their dreams by entering health professional schools of medicine, nursing, public health, and physical therapy, among others."

—Hal Strelnick, M.D., Director
  • academic enrichment and achievement
  • motivation through service learning
  • leadership development
  • mentoring
  • experiential learning
  • career and financial aid guidance for students and their families

Partner Programs

Bronx HOPE Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx NY

Bronx HOPE formally links Albert Einstein College of Medicine to regional and national programs dedicated to developing and nurturing typically underrepresented students. 

Academic-year and summer programs are available for students in middle school, high school, community college, college, and post college.

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Program History

Established by the Department of Family & Social Medicine, Bronx HOPE began as Bronx Science and Health Opportunities Partnership (BxSHOP) in 2004 and was renamed Bronx HOPE in 2015 in memory of Hope Spano, the program’s beloved administrator who died of colon cancer in 2014. Ms. Spano was a dedicated, caring mentor, advocate, and the true embodiment of the BxSHOP mission. 

In 2015, Bronx HOPE was awarded a 3-year renewal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through its Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). This grant allows for the continuation and expansion of the program to include more academic and community programs with demonstrated long-term success. 

Program Director

Alvin H. StrelnickAlvin H. Strelnick, MD (bio) 

Assistant Dean for Community Engagement
Professor of Clinical Family & Social Medicine, Department of Family and Social Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health
Chief, Division of Community Health, Department of Family and Social Medicine



 Bronx Hope Programs 

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