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Teen Health Camp at JABSOM open to grades 6 through 12 on October 28

Date: October 7th, 2017 in Community Outreach, Student Life    Print or PDF

Photo shows High School and Junior High School Students learn how to stitch up wounds, using a simulated arm.

The University of Hawaiʻi will host Teen Health Camp on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). This free, one-day event will introduce students in grades 6-12, to workshops and interactive skill demonstrations presented by JABSOM medical students. Community healthcare professionals and resource professionals from other parts of UH Mānoa will be there, too, to present a variety of career options in the health professions.

The main purpose of Teen Health Camp is to encourage students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in healthcare. Current Director of UH Mānoa Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), Agnes Malate says, “any student who participates in Teen Health Camp will meet professional role models from their communities and will come away with the understanding that there is a wealth of challenges, personal qualities and technical skills inherent in the health care industry.”

In addition, JABSOM medical students are 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 groups to attend the Teen Health Camp. Studies indicate that disadvantage and underrepresented students are more likely to enter lucrative 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
    Stitch it up – Suturing

Lunch is provided. Anyone with specific food allergies is advised to bring their own lunch. The dress code suggests participants dress in comfortable but appropriate attire.Closed shoes required and short sleeves are preferred for cast workshop.

Teen Health Camp is an event by UH Mānoa in collaboration with John A. Burns School of Medicine, Na Pua Noʻeau, Area Health Education Center, Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence, Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), and the Hawaiʻi Science Career Inspiration (HiSCI) Program.

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