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EDA develops application to support M-HCOP project needs

The EDA developed a fully functional application to support the Meharry Health Careers Opportunities Program (M-HCOP).

M-HCOP is an initiative, in collaboration with the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry and the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the program seeks to assist individuals from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to enter and graduate from a health professions program.

The application helps the School of Dentistry recruit and select students for three programs, 1) the National Ambassador Program, 2) the Pre-matriculation Academy, and 3) the Adult/Non-Traditional/Veteran Students Program. The tool also tracks the impact those programs have on any future education on those students.

Chris Quinn, information security specialist, developed the fully functional application prototype using the React application framework. Sravan Kopparthi, data warehouse solutions architect, developed the application’s back-end database using Microsoft Azure SQL.  A dashboard, built with PowerBI by Ezhili Govindaraju, data analyst, supports the data analytical needs for student recruitment and tracking. 

Ed Wisdom III MBA

Ed Wisdom III, associate vice president, data infrastructure and business intelligence and analytics, realized the need for the application tool in conversation with the School of Dentistry.

“Our commitment with supporting the School of Dentistry on the M-HCOP is to provide data collection, database entry, and data evaluation services,” says Wisdom. “We also generate data reports for tracking purposes, identify trends, and make recommendations for program improvement based on our findings.”

Over the course of discussions and our work on the project we realized this tool would be a valuable addition,” he adds.

The application is also a great opportunity to showcase another way the EDA can support partners.

Chris Quinn

“We built this tool for the M-HCOP project, but now we are also using it to help the Center of Excellence program awards,” says Quinn. “It can easily be replicated in several scenarios.”

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