More than 100 high school students from the Inland Empire will participate in the inaugural Health Sciences Day, hosted by Western University of Health Sciences and Reach Out.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the WesternU Health Sciences Center, 450 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766.
Health Sciences Day is organized by WesternU students in the College of Allied Health Professions Department of Health Sciences. Students taking the Program Implementation class in the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) Community Health Education (CHE) Track organized the event with help from Reach Out. The goal is to provide a hands-on platform for high school students to explore what WesternU has to offer in various health care careers.
Reach Out provides equal access to networks of support, high-quality education, career options and opportunities to develop skills to succeed, according to its website.
“Our students from WesternU are putting together an example of what it’s like to be in a health sciences school and showing them the various programs offered here,” said MSHS Assistant Professor and CHE Coordinator Jeanine Borland Mann, MPH. Students from optometry, osteopathic medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy and nursing will present modules as a way to encourage students to pursue continued education.
Students in health career pathway programs from Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga; Chino Hills High School; Colony High School in Ontario; and Grand Terrace High School will participate in Health Sciences Day.
“When speaking with the CAHP Dean (Stephanie Bowlin), one of our goals was to introduce those students to public health,” said Department of Health Sciences Chair Gail Evans Grayson, EdD, MA. “We will be doing that through health sciences and teaching them the importance of educating others, the value of health prevention, promotion and wellness, as well as what can we do to give back to our community.”
A vendor fair will take place during lunch. Vendors will include the colleges of pharmacy and dental medicine, the U.S. Armed Forces, Kaplan Test Prep, Cal Baptist University, Azusa Pacific University, Mt. San Jacinto College and others.