Yucaipa HS celebrates emotional milestone.

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Yucaipa High School's Health and Biomedical Science Academy (HBS), led by the academy's lead teacher, Tana DeLeon, were at times overwhelmed with emotion as they celebrated the first graduating class. The medical academy, launched in 2014, has seen challenges, but the dedication and perseverance of the teachers, counselors, and administration brought them to this night of recognition and cheers for the students. 

I am so proud of these determined students and all their accomplishments throughout high school.
— Tana DeLeon, Lead Teacher

The Inland Health Profession Coalition is proud of the YHS Health and Biomedical Science Academy for this tremendous milestone. While we have worked closely with HBS over the last year to provide work-based learning experiences, Tana has been actively involved in the San Bernardino Metro Nexus meetings, making connections, and advocating for her school and students. She has also provided valuable input and ideas for other schools in the region. 

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Tana and the Yucaipa HBS Academy team are a shining example of a school in the Inland Empire that has worked hard to establish a medical career academy and has witnessed great success over the past four years.  As HBS Academy moves into its fifth year and expects to enroll over 120 students in the Freshman class of 2018/19. 

On behalf of Luke Ridout, the Outreach Specialist for YHS, and the rest of the Inland Health Professions Coalition we want to congratulate the Class of 2018. We hope to see them meeting the needs of their community in the near future! 

Corona High jumps into Summer.

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This is the time of year when students are counting down the lasts days of school, fidgety and distracted, as they make plans for the summer. Jim Winn's sports medicine class thought this would be the perfect time to help their peers get into shape for the summer break by organizing a "Jump Into Summer" health fair focusing on physical activity. With the help of their teacher, Ms. Gloria Coder, IHPC outreach specialist, Jaime Ruvalcaba, sports trainer for the non-profit A Mark of a Champion, and Dr. Jay Chism, nutritionist and cold laser therapist, the students organized and took charge of all the events held over two lunch periods.  

Proudly wearing their black health pathways shirts, they set up an obstacle course and a blood pressure station where they recorded pre and post blood pressure, pulse, and 02 saturation levels of the participants. A nutrition station was set up with the help of Dr. Jay to teach students how to read nutrition labels on common foods. The tobacco education station warned against effects of tobacco use and gave out free popcorn.

As part of the health fair, pre-med students who are part of UCR's Mini Medical School, gave workshops on Autism, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension. To promote positive mental health, students participated in a Self-Love Pledge banner where they chose or wrote positive affirmations and sealed them with a thumb prints in the shape of a heart. Some of the things they students wrote included, "I will love myself," "I will exercise three times a week," "I will be more kind to my haters," and "I will help others find their inner beauty." Reach Out also set up a table staffed by LIFE student, Katie Garcia, who recruited for the upcoming summer LIFE program, while students nearby measured Body Mass Index (BMI) measurements. For those with more energy to burn, they could join in the jump roping and hula hoop contests while their friends cheered them on. With all the activity, a hydration station was in order with plenty of Gatorade and snacks to go around. 

These summer enthusiasts (all 400 hundred of them!) had great time and proved that getting in shape can be fun! We wish all the students a safe and healthy summer!

A safe place: reaching out to homeless youth in Upland

The homeless crisis in Southern California has reached an all-time high and with each news cycle, addressing the social welfare issues facing the homeless population continues to be front and center. Youth are not immune to this plight and are one of our most vulnerable homeless populations. Reach Out, whose mission is to address barriers to healthy communities, recently received funding to open an after-school homeless youth drop-in center right here in Upland.  Last week, the new center held an open house as part of its soft launch opening. Community members, clergy, teachers, parents, sheriff's deputies, and local non-profit organizers came to tour the facility and learn more about what the center will be offering. Flyers and other materials were also provided to help get the word out about this new service.  

 A rec room provides comfortable lounging and an art therapy center. 

A rec room provides comfortable lounging and an art therapy center. 

Our ultimate goal is to engage these youth and act as a bridge that connects them with resources like transportation, food, and clothing while helping them with the skills they need to be more employable. We hope that through the center, they’ll come to see us as people who genuinely care about their future.
— Evelyn Hendrick, Outreach Specialist, Reach Out

The center is meant to provide a safe, positive place for kids aged 12 - 18 to come after school and, beginning in June, will be open 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday - Friday. Outreach Specialists, Anna Roach and Evelyn Hendriks, will run the center and provide activities, resources, and supervision.

The center, conveniently located off Foothill Blvd and walking distance from Upland High, has a study room, a computer room, a game room, and a lounge with art desks and a gaming station. A small kitchenette and several mini-fridges will enable staff to offer food and snacks to hungry youth. A generous donation of clothing from AMR - Rancho Cucamonga will enable the center to start an inhouse boutique of sorts to get youth the some much needed clothing. Many partners have come forward to get the center ready, including Macy's department store, who generously decorated the center,  Molina Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente who donated all the furniture, and the Reach Out board members who donated the large screen tv.

For more information about the drop in center, call 909-931-1643 or email Anna Roach (anna.roach@we-reachout.org) or Evelyn Hedriks (evelyn@we-reachout.org). 

 

Surgery anyone?

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It's no small undertaking to host 160 STEM/Health pathway students at your surgery center for a day of learning, but that's what Julie Adelchanow, Director of the Surgey Center of South Bay in Torrance, and her staff did! Spearheaded by Navjot Kaur, one of the physician assistants who has been a regular classroom presenter (see Not Your Momma's Needle and Thread and Blood, Guts, and Gallstones), students representing five schools in the Corona-Norco USD disembarked at the surgery center and were immediately greeted by staff. They had arranged an outdoor activity where students raced to (correctly) don surgical gloves, booties, gowns, hair caps, and protective eyewear.  

Once inside, the center had set up ten activity stations with some truly unique experiences. Medical representatives from Covidien, Teleflex, Stryker, and DaVinci demonstrated and explained some of the high tech equipment like the Femto Laser used in cataract surgies, and the Stryker laparoscopes used for minimally invasive surgeries. Stations were also set up to help students understand the functions of pre-op, central services, the OR itself, and PACU (Patient Anesthesia Care Unit). In opthalmology they learned about Lasik and cataract surgeries and checked out the equipment used in these delicate procedures, like the YAG laser. 

As each group moved from station to station, we caught some video of one demonstrator with a nice slab of raw carne asada. He quickly explained that the meat was actually a great way to demonstrate how bleeding is controlled on human tissue during surgery.  After demonstrating how the electricity-generating cauterizing knife and machine is used, students were invited to give it a try, soon evoking smells of a bbq - not unusual in the operating room, the demonstrator said. We took pictures of the student's testing their dexterity with the various instruments (see gallery below)

The surgery center provided a full lunch for the students, as well as goody bags and notebooks to write questions and take down the information. By all accounts everyone had a good time and the students, who represented the intermediate schools of River Heights, Raney, and Auburndale, and the Roosevelt and Corona high schools, appreciated the chance to be part of a surgery center for a day. 

Thank you to Julie, Navjot, and all the staff at the center as well as the medical reps who brought the simulation equipment that enhanced their experience. This was a day they will not forget!

The surgical center was an amazing experience. It gave me and others an opportunity to visualize what real medical work takes. With this, I know there is a lot of responsibility and knowledge. Truly it was a great experience and I hope others will get to attend.
— student from River Heights

Allied Health Lab Day brings students and families together.

Allied Health Lab Day brought students and their parents together for a morning of educational fun at San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC). The word "lab" often conjures up images of mad scientists, strange smells, and glass beakers with bubbling fluids. But there is more to know about lab careers, and we partnered with SBVC to introduce micro, psych, pharmacy, and nursing labs to students and their families. 

Henry Lee, the keynote speaker, spoke about the dire need for lab scientist in Southern California and drew a connection between the what goes on in a lab and saving a life. A physician or a doctor cannot diagnose or treat patients without lab results, therefore labs play a direct role in the care and treatment of patients. Joan Murrillo, assistant professor of Anatomy and Physiology at SBVC, talked to the families about considering SBVC for higher education and the level of care and attention the instructors provide.  

Attendees extracted strawberry DNA, learned how to use and read an EKG machine, conducted seeing tests, and learned how to check for pulses and temperature.  Students and parents alike enjoyed the activities and what they learned about lab careers. We want to thank SBVC and Henry Lee for hosting Allied Health Lab Day!

I did not think I would be interested in lab work, but now I am interested. So glad I am!
— Shyanne Grajeda, Sophmore, Etiwanda HS

IHPC creates leaders.

The outreach specialists at IHPC work with young people to inspire, empower, and enable them to pursue their futures in health care. One of the many programs we have successfully initiated is the student ambassador program which selects high school health pathway representatives from area high schools. They attend nexus meetings, take on projects, give presentations, and share IHPC opportunities with their classmates. Through the program, the ambassadors develop leadership, initiative, and other soft skills. Two of our student ambassadors have shown early success through the program. Let's meet two of them:

Jeanette Choi - Senior at Chino Hills High School Health Science Academy

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Jeanette Choi, pictured [LEFT] poses with Carol Allbaugh [CENTER] and fellow student ambassador Isabella Orozco [RIGHT]. 

We met Ms. Choi last year when she was an eager junior and applied for the IHPC student ambassador program. She actively promoted IHPC seminars, conferences, and site visits to her peers and even assisted with the Get Psyched! workshops we provided to get students interested in mental health careers. In her second year as a student ambassador, Jeanette then came to us with a request - she said a lot of her classmates were interested in mental health and she wanted to do a second Get Psyched! series for the Health Science Academy. We put her in touch with Dr. Teresa Etheridge, Program Director for HumanityCenter4Change, a mental health training agency, and that was it! Jeanette took charge and handled all the marketing, planning, and execution of Get Psyched Too!  Dr. Etheridge, the keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, was incredibly impressed with Ms. Choi and the hospitality she received from the students. Because of Jeanette's leadership, 48 students from Chino Hills HS participated in the series proving that old adage "You can give a man fish and he'll eat for a day but if you teach him to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime" certainly applies to the value of teaching young people to lead the next generation of health professionals. 

 

Andrew Hoover - Junior at Ayala High School

 Andrew Hoover speaks to middle school students at the JUMP Spring Celebration.

Andrew Hoover speaks to middle school students at the JUMP Spring Celebration.

We first met Andrew last year when he interviewed for a summer internship with the Kaiser Permanente Regional Reference Laboratory in Chino Hills. The lab is one of IHPC's industry partners and we were helping them to select students who were ready for an internship opportunity. Andrew was the last student of the day to interview and unfortunately, was not accepted into the program. Undaunted, he realized he needed to bulk up his resume and do something to get noticed. So, he applied to and joined the IHPC student ambassador program. A soft-spoken, shy young man, Andrew still took every opportunity the program offered him. He coordinated SBVC Nursing Day for 50 of his peers in Ayala's Pre-Med Society club, attended nexus and ambassador meetings, and assisted with the coordination of the JUMP Spring Celebration that was held on his school campus - even taking the mic and leading an activity with the 300 students gathered in the gym. The results? Andrew re-applied for the Kaiser Permanente Summer Youth Employment Program (YSEP) and was accepted! In an email to share the good news with his IHPC mentor, Ben Machado, he said, "I was chosen to be one of the interns for the YSEP program at Kaiser this summer because I was more qualified. I was able to show all the events I did with IHPC! Thank you very much for supporting me as a student ambassador!" We couldn't be happier for Andrew as we've watched him develop professionalism and leadership over the past year. We wish him a great internship this summer!

Not your momma's needle and thread!

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When Physician Assistant, Navjot Kaur, came to Sandi Uribe's medical assisting class at E. Roosevelt High, she wasn't planning to show kids how to do buttonholes and back stitching. Her expertise is in medical suturing and she works at the Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance as a surgical PA. Ms. Kaur is passionate about sharing her knowledge with budding young medical professionals and came armed with enough suturing supplies for everyone to participate in holding the curved surgical needles and using surgical thread to practice on artificial "skin" pads. The students were so excited to practice, they didn't want to break for lunch! On behalf of Sandi Uribe's class, thank you Ms. Kaur! 

Learning the basics.

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The River Heights JUMP club is lucky to have CERT trainer, Gloria Coder, on hand to teach them the basics of first aid. Gloria loves working with this age group and probably enjoyed showing them how to use pressure bandages and tourniquets, and make simple first aid kits as much as they did!

You are never too young to learn some of these skills and Gloria took the time to explain the importance of bleeding control, how to apply pressure to the artery, and even how they can use classroom supplies to fashion an emergency tourniquet. She also had the students practice tying a triangular bandage to immobilize the arm. A follow up session will be scheduled to go over sprained ankle wrapping and how to transport and brace someone with a broken leg. Thanks, Glo!

 

Catching up with the HOT program.

We recently got caught up with the Reach Out WIOA program, aka HOT (Health Occupations Training), to see what the youth are up to:

PASSING THE TORCH: Over pizza at the Learn 4 Life Charter High School in Rialto, the current cohort of CNA (certified nurse assistant) students met with the new cohort to help prep them for the program. The CNA students are training at Reach Centers and gave the incoming students tips on study strategies, patient interaction, and how to prepare for clinicals. We are pretty proud of them. They are working hard, doing clinicals at the Del Rosa Nursing facility, and happy to pass on what they've learned to the newbies.

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MAD MONEY: The HOT youth were recently treated to a Monster Workshop given by the energetic and dynamic Ms. SaRatta Reeves of Monster's Making It Count program. SaRatta tackled money management and conflict resolution. Since the workshop was held in our conference, there was plenty of eaves dropping as Ms. Reeves explained the ins and outs of debit and ATM fees, overdraft protection, what to consider when applying for credit, and how to read a credit report. She explained the importance of building your credit and basic budget management. (Some of us wished we'd had such a class before we opened our first checking account!).

The second part of the afternoon was dedicated to conflict resolution which she broke down by types of conflicts (intrapersonal, interpersonal, intragroup, and intergroup). She involved the class in demonstrations and provided steps to problem solving. 

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DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE: The HOT program has launched a series of workshops this month appropriately called "Discover Your Purpose" with Steve Ward, CEO of Future N Focus. The  workshops, held at Innovation High (Learn 4 Life Charter High School in Fontana) will assist youth in career exploration and provide tools to aide in self-discovery. Mr. Ward began with an introduction to Dream Catcher where he walked students through a process to discover their purpose using the acronym MAPPE: Mental mindset, Asking yourself the right questions, Action, Purpose, Plan, and Execution. The other workshops will include self-exploration and career analysis, creating and action plan, and virtual presentations. 

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We don't know what the future holds for our WIOA youth, but we know that these programs bring them one step closer to realizing their potential. For more information on HOT, please contact Christina Ly at christina.ly@we-reachout.org.

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In the neighborhood: Health academy hosts health fair.

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The Palomares Academy of Health Sciences, founded in 1980, has long been an active community partner in Pomona area. This year Palomares, who already operates an on-site oral health center in partnership with Western University of Health Sciences, extended another community-based service this Spring - a free community health fair. The idea first germinated with the W/E Nexus* group where Rosalind Barba, the ROP/CTE instructor and Internship coordinator for Palomares, offered to take the lead. The health fair offered free health screenings, resources, and workshops in English and Spanish on medicine safety, diabetes, and heart disease. IHPC brought our career corner which is a series of short activities that educates participants on health careers and tests their general health knowledge. Nearly a hundred people took advantage of the fair's resources and appreciated having services offered in their neighborhood.

We wish to thank all of the folks who came out to share their resources and the health entities who provided the workshops:

Western University of Health Sciences

Operation Diabetes

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

*The West end (San Bernardino county) and the East end (LA county) nexus group is comprised of educational and industry partners who network and develop goals to support health pathways in their part of the region.