Department of Family and Social Medicine

Bronx Health Opportunities Partnership‐Einstein (Bronx HOPE)

The Bronx Health Opportunities Partnership-Einstein (Bronx HOPE) prepares economically and educationally disadvantaged and under-represented minority students to pursue and succeed in rigorous academic programs, leading to competitive colleges and careers in the health professions.

Bronx HOPE is a regional, comprehensive health careers education pathway that serves students at the high school, community college, college, and post-baccalaureate levels.

Bronx HOPE provides students and their families support, emphasizing:

  • academic enrichment and achievement
  • motivation through service learning and leadership development
  • mentoring, experiential learning, and cultural competency
  • career, educational, and financial aid guidance

Funded by a three-year federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant, Bronx HOPE encourages students to progress to higher academic levels through numerous affiliated programs.

A minimum of 336 students are supported each year.


Affiliated Programs

Middle and High School Students 

Undergraduate Students 

Community-Based Partners  


Program History

Formerly the Bronx Science and Health Opportunities Partnership (BxSHOP), founded in 2004, the program was re-named in September 2015 as a tribute to Hope Spano, a department administrator and inspiring mentor to students in the Einstein Campus's diversity health careers pipeline programs.

"Our students succeed in pursuing their dreams by continuing their educations and entering health professional schools of medicine, nursing, public health, and physical therapy, among others. Hope Spano's love of and devotion to her students will live on and be remembered in Bronx HOPE," said Dr.Hal Strelnick, Director of Bronx HOPE.

Program Director

Hal Strelnick Department of Family Medicine Social Medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NYAlvin 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

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