“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
– Lao-Tzu


Contact REACH-HEI: 

Ida L. Castro, JD, MA
Principal Investigator and
Vice President Community Engagement and Equity

Maureen Murtha
Program Administrator
Phone: (570) 955-1314

Amanda McIver
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (570) 955-1313

The Commonwealth Medical College - unique in many ways

The Regional Education Academy for Careers in Health – Higher Education Initiative (REACH-HEI)

“Programs that will impact the rest of your life”

TCMC created REACH-HEI to provide a seamless pathway from high school through community and four-year colleges to economically disadvantaged students in northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) who are interested in careers in health or health-related professions.

The program is designed to address disparities identified in the growing gap between physicians and healthcare professionals’ availability and community needs. REACH-HEI will expand the pool of qualified medical professionals in NEPA through multiple programs tailored to meet the needs of students and the strengths of NEPA partners.

REACH-HEI Partners

The Commonwealth Medical College, in partnership with the following educational partners, offers an exciting series of pipeline programs for area high school and undergraduate students interested in careers in healthcare.

  • School Districts throughout NEPA including: Abington Heights, East Stroudsburg Area, Hazleton Area, MidValley, North Pocono, Pocono Mountain, Riverside, Scranton School District, Valley View, Wallenpaupak Area, Wayne Highlands, Western Wayne, Wyoming Area
  • Colleges and Universities throughout NEPA
  • The Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS)

For more information on REACH-HEI, read about our programs for:

REACH-HEI is federally funded under the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Health Careers Opportunity Programs.