Professional Actors, Practitioners Encourage Careers in Healthcare

Friday, July 23, 2010 General News J E 4

ROCHESTER, Minn., July 22 With the help of professional actors and simulated emergency situations, area high school students will be able to experience firsthand the challenges facing today's healthcare professionals. Scrubs Camp, a healthcare camp for high school students being held at Winona State University from July 25 to 30, is dedicated to promoting health careers among young people in order to meet a growing need for an increased number of healthcare workers. Students are being given a rare opportunity to learn directly from healthcare professionals while participating in hands-on activities in fields such as nursing, emergency medicine, public health, dentistry and physical fitness. "The practitioners are excited to come to Scrubs Camp to show students the many career possibilities healthcare offers," said Jane Foote, executive director of HealthForce Minnesota.

Tim Penny, a former member of the Minnesota Senate, and a leader of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), helped shape the public health grants recently awarded to Scrubs Camps. Students will not only be learning the facts about healthcare careers, they will be staying in college housing, meeting new friends, and interacting with real, experienced healthcare workers.

New sessions offered at Scrubs Camp this year will focus on social work and epidemiology. Students will also be given an on-location experience with tours of the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin and learn about wilderness medicine and Native American herbal medicine at Whitewater State Park. Currently 86 students are registered for Scrubs Camp, which is sponsored by HealthForce Minnesota and Winona State University.

SOURCE HealthForce Minnesota


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