Regional Minority Middle School Students to Participate in WSSU Summer Health Sciences Outreach Program

July 7, 2011
Twelve rising ninth grade students from Forsyth and surrounding counties will be participating in Camp YEHS! (Youth Exploring Health Sciences) July 10 through July 22 at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).

The two-week summer enrichment program is designed to educate, prepare and enhance students’ academic qualifications for health science careers and to increase education and awareness of health disparities among populations being served.  The program includes sessions on a variety of health-related topics, tours of medical facilities, career sessions and a post-mentorship experience.    Participants also have an opportunity to shadow a health care professional as part of the educational opportunity aimed at increasing the number of people of color entering health science careers in the future.

“This program was designed specifically to reach students who are performing well in middle school and who would have an interest in exploring careers in the health sciences, but would not otherwise have an opportunity to participate in such a program,” said Marina Skinner, director of the program. “Camp YEHS! can certainly make a difference in the numbers of underrepresented groups entering the health sciences fields which can have a positive impact on the overall delivery of healthcare.  We are, for example, including a health disparity component to the program this year that will include presentations on diabetes, strokes, obesity and HIV/AIDS.”

Camp YEHS! is a collaborative effort by the Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities and the School of Health Sciences at WSSU.  The program is free for the students and is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
NOTE:  Key activities during the two-week camp are listed below.  If you would like information on scheduling for any of the other sessions, please contact us.

Tuesday, July 12                  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.                  Human Performance Lab that is a collaboration between WSSU and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
                                                                                               WSSU’s Virtual Hospital
                                                                                               (Both of these are located within Baptist Medical Center facilities)

Friday, July 15                      10:30 a.m. – noon                 First Aid Certification,   304 F. L. Atkins Building, WSSU

Tuesday, July 19                  9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.           Shadowing and simulation labs, Forsyth Medical Center

Thursday, July 21                 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.        Air Transport/Helicopter Tour, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Friday, July 22                       9:00 a.m. – noon                 MAT (disaster response team) mock disaster,  Lexington

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