Child working at the stitch it up workshop
“Stitch it up” workshop

Teen Health Camp will be held on Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m.–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 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will also 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. Said Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Director Agnes Malate, “Any student who participates in Teen Health Camp will meet professional role models from their communities and come away with the understanding that there is a wealth of challenges, personal qualities and technical skills inherent in the health-care industry.”

JABSOM medical students are interested in promoting social justice by recruiting a diverse and community based healthcare labor force for underserved areas of Hawaiʻi. It is important to expand the healthcare professions and increase diversity and cultural competency within the profession. HCOP encourages Native Hawaiians, Filipinos, Pacific Islanders and other underrepresented groups to attend the Teen Health Camp. Studies indicate that disadvantaged and underrepresented students are more likely to enter lucrative professions in health care when they receive relevant mentoring and career counseling services in high school or earlier.

Scheduled Workshops

  • 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 will be provided, those with specific food allergies are advised to bring their own lunches. Dress code is comfortable and appropriate. Closed shoes are required and short sleeves are preferred for cast workshop.

Register online at Survey Monkey—space is limited.

For additional information visit the UH news release.