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Yakima Valley students eye health care careers

PULLMAN – About 20 Yakima Valley high school students will interact with health care educators and professionals July 19-22 in the sixth annual “Connecting Youth with Health Careers” program on the WSU Pullman campus.

The camp at WSU takes place during the last week of a four-week program and it is organized by the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, Wash. Students will stay in a WSU dormitory.

The Toppenish program, “Connecting Youth with Health Careers,” is a grant-funded health careers opportunity program for students from educationally and/or economically disadvantaged background.  The goal is for students to successfully complete their education and return to work in their underserved communities. This program is offered to middle school, high school and college students. 

The WSU College of Pharmacy uses an endowment set up by an alumnus interested in diversity education and a diversity education contribution from Walgreen’s to pay much of the cost of the students’ stay at WSU. 

The camp this year is July 19-22. Students will arrive Monday afternoon and finish Thursday afternoon. Some of the highlights during the week include:

Monday, July 19:
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Two graduate students in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology will lead the group in exercises, Wegner Hall, room 70.

7:15 p.m.: Explosive and entertaining chemistry demonstration, Michael Finnegan, Fulmer Hall, room 226.

Tuesday, July 20:
Two labs, 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., in pharmaceutical compounding, where the students will make lotions or another pharmacy product, Wegner Hall, room 350.

Wednesday, July 21:
Two labs, 9-10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., a Human Patient Simulation manikin will be here from Spokane so the students can listen to its heart beat, feel its pulse, and see how it works. Wegner Hall, room 250.
Related links:
See a video of the Human Patient Simulation here.

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