HCC Atlanta


The Health Career Collaborative – Atlanta was founded in 2014 as a partnership between Emory School of Medicine and four regional partner High Schools: Clarkson, Redan, Mays, and Maynard Jackson. The program started with Emory University School of Medicine  medical students serving as volunteer mentors. In an effort to expose high school students to more health career options and greater mentorship, the program expanded to welcome mentors from Emory’s Physician Assistant program,  Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Rollins School of Public Health


Health Career Academy – Atlanta Leadership

Bussey-Jones Professional photo

Jada Bussey-Jones, MD, FACP
Health Career Academy Faculty Sponsor
Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Chief, Grady Section General Medicine and Geriatrics
Co-Director Urban Health Initiative.

Dr. Bussey-Jones is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine of Emory University’s School of Medicine. She currently serves as the Chief of Grady Section of General Medicine and Geriatrics and the Co-Director of Emory University’s Urban Health Initiative. Dr. Bussey-Jones has nationally recognized educational expertise in the areas of minority health, disparities, as well as patient and provider education to minimize disparities.  She has developed several program initiatives addressing health promotion and disease prevention for a largely minority and underserved population in her former role as the Director of the Primary Care Center of Grady Memorial Hospital. She has developed and directed several curricula on cultural competence, disparities, and social determinants of health for students, residents and faculty and was recognized with a 2002 Educational Innovation Award for this work.  She has also served as the program chair for the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting. She chaired the National Disparities Education Task Force for the Society of General Internal Medicine organization and served as editor for a special issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine dedicated to disparities education.  In this role, her leadership resulted in an award winning national disparities course, web based educational modules, and two national symposia on disparities at both the Society of General Internal Medicine and at the American Association of Medical Colleges.


Health Career Academy- Atlanta Partners

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,  Strong4Life Program

Emory School of Medicine, Department of Physiology

Grady Hospital

Emory Healthcare

building a model of the spine using life saver gummies
high school students present an emergency room case demonstrating anatomy
Dr. Graham discusses cell structure with HCC high school students.
high school students present a skit about treating concussion at the finale event
Dr. Gefter discusses public health principles of behavior change with HCC Atlanta students