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Apply by Oct. 26 for the Nov. 3 Oʻahu Teen Health Camp at JABSOM

Date: October 16th, 2018 in Collaboration, Community Outreach, JABSOM News, MINORITY, Native Hawaiian Health, Rural, UH Manoa, Workforce Development    Print or PDF

Photo of first-year medical student Raja Haris Rizman demonstrates using tools to complete a suture.

Pictured: MD Class of 2021 student Raja Haris Rizman demonstrates using tools to complete a suture during Oʻahu Teen Camp 2017.

By UH Med Now

Applications are being accepted now through October 26 for a massive “Teen Health Camp” at the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) campus in Kakaʻako. The UH/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is hosting the Teen Camp on Saturday, November 3rd, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and it is free and open to students in grades 6-12.

The emphasis is on fun, but there is a tremendous opportunity at hand as well. Health sector jobs are projected to grow higher than those in any other sector in Hawaiʻi through 2045, according to the Hawai’i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The University of Hawaiʻi has a family of health programs offering training in everything from medicine to nursing to pharmacy to biomedical and clinical research, cancer research and public health, social work, nutrition, dental hygiene and Native Hawaiian Health.

At Teen Health Camp, students get to rotate between high-energy workshops led by college health professions students and professors and will be allowed to try their hand at treating wounds, making casts, sewing stitches, choosing between the most nutritious items at lunch, learning how infectious diseases spread and how to avoid them, and covering many more exciting topics in health care. The interactive skill demonstrations offer a unique glimpse at the variety of career options in the health professions at the University of Hawaiʻi.

Last year’s Teen Health Camp Video offers a look at what is offered at the event:


The main purpose of Teen Health Camp is to encourage students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in healthcare. “Students who participate in Teen Health Camp will get to experience fun workshops taught by students who were once in their exact shoes,” says Kelley Withy, MD, PhD, Director of Hawaiʻi/Pacific Basin AHEC. “We want youth from across the state to help us address our healthcare worker shortage. Even kids who never thought they could be in these professions, they may find out they are perfectly suited to be one of our state’s best healthcare workers. That’s our hope.”

In addition, the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is interested in promoting social justice by recruiting a diverse and community based health care labor force for underserved areas of Hawaiʻi. It is important to expand the healthcare professions and increase diversity and cultural competency within the profession. We encourage Native Hawaiians, Filipinos, Pacific Islanders, and other underrepresented and rural groups to attend the Teen Health Camp. Studies indicate that disadvantaged and underrepresented students are more likely to enter well-paid professions in healthcare when they receive relevant mentoring and career counseling services in high school or earlier.

Workshops scheduled for the day include:
Ola Pono, Hawaiian Way of Living Healthy, CASTing Call, Applying and removing a real cast, Infectious Disease, Local Grindz – You are what you eat, and Stitch it up – Suturing.

Lunch is provided. We advise anyone with specific food allergies to bring their own lunch. Dress code: comfortable and appropriate. Closed shoes are required and short sleeves are preferred for cast workshop.

Applications due October 26, 2018
To apply, please visit https://www.ahec.hawaii.edu/teen-health-camp-hawaii/
Applications are due October 26th, 2018. The Teen Health Camp is November 3, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Medical Education Building of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at 651 Ilalo Street, Honolulu.

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