One of the goals of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is to inspire underrepresented high school students to pursue a degree or occupation in one of the health professions.
The Youth Engagement for Success (YES) health education program is a week-long interactive and interprofessional summer camp to introduce high school students in Casa Grande, Arizona to the health professions.
The curriculum consist of a variety of events such as indoor and outdoor activities to promote exercise and healthy behaviors, seminars focusing on current public health issues, and information sessions geared towards how to succeed in school.
Currently there is a health professions shortage in the workforce within rural, border and minority communities. YES seeks to bridge this gap by reaching out to the community and exposing students early in their lives to how important the health sciences professions are to the overall health of people, including their own.
“There are strong misconceptions among students about the health sciences. Mainly that a career in this area is limited to nurses and doctors. Through this program, we want to eliminate those misconceptions and properly inform students through informative seminars, guest speakers and interactive activities,” said Dr. Cecilia Rosales, interim associate dean of community engagement and outreach and associate dean of Phoenix Programs and programs for the at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health.
Upon completing the program, the participants have a better understanding of the health professions and hopefully a spark of interest in serving marginalized and rural communities in Arizona.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 23