Arizona AHEC Health Careers Summer Camp

Arizona AHEC Health Careers Summer Camp

Arizona AHEC Health Careers Summer Camp

EVENT: Helping Teens Prepare for Health Care Careers
DATES: THURSDAY, JUNE 24, through SUNDAY, JUNE 27

LOCATION: University of Arizona and Arizona Health Sciences Center campuses, Tucson

MEDICAL WRITERS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS NOTE: Media are welcome to cover this event and participants will be available for interviews; to make arrangements, please contact Oscar Beita, director, health careers, Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program, cell phone (520) 247-5450.

Forty Arizona high school students from around the state are participating in the third annual Health Careers Summer Camp, Thursday, June 24, through Sunday, June 27, at the University of Arizona and Arizona Health Sciences Center campuses in Tucson.

The camp is sponsored by the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program of the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) and is being held for the first time at the UA (previous camps were held at Northern Arizona University).

Students will stay in UA dormitories and participate in activities that will help develop their critical thinking, communication and public speaking skills, including daily workshops on community health issues; skill development-critical thinking, presentation skills, team collaboration skills; library research; tours health care and university facilities; and field trips.

The program's four principal components include: Youth Leadership Development, Community Health Projects, Exploring Careers in Health Care and Preparing to Apply to College. Student peer leaders will select a critical health issue from their home communities and develop an intervention plan to implement during the upcoming school year. This summer's AHEC Health Careers Summer Camp experiences include:


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EVENT: Health Career Club presentations
Students will present the projects they have been working on at their respective schools.

DATE/TIME: FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 4 - 5 P.M.

LOCATION: Pima Residence Hall, 1340 E. First St.



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EVENT: Hollywood and Health Care Careers Fair
DATE/TIME: SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 9 A.M. - 1 P.M.

LOCATION: McClelland Hall, 1130 E. Helen St., Tucson



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EVENT: Team Project Presentations
Students will present the projects they are developing during the four daily workshops on community health issues.

DATE/TIME: SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 3 - 5 P.M.

LOCATION: Pima Residence Hall, 1340 E. First St.



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EVENT: Closing Ceremony
Students will receive diplomas and Carlos R. Gonzales, MD, clinical associate professor, UA Department of Family and Community Medicine, will discuss his experience as a health care professional working in a rural area. Dr. Gonzales, who received his medical degree from the UA College of Medicine in 1981, is a primary care provider at Patagonia Family Health Center, a rural satellite facility of the Mariposa Community Health Center in Nogales, Ariz. He received statewide recognition in 1997 when the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians named him Family Physician of the Year.

DATE/TIME: SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 12 - 1 P.M.

LOCATION: Pima Residence Hall, 1340 E. First St.



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The mission of the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program is to improve access to quality healthcare for Arizona's rural and underserved communities through the improvement of the recruitment, retention and distribution of healthcare providers across the state. Established in 1989, the program works through community-based centers to promote health careers to high school students, provide college health professions students with opportunities to train in rural and medically underserved areas, and provide health providers with professional development opportunities, such as continuing professional education.