Strenghthening the health workforce pipeline, one student at a time...

 Public Health student, Maren Keehnan [left] poses with her best friend from high school - both young ladies are Freshmen at BYU. 

Public Health student, Maren Keehnan [left] poses with her best friend from high school - both young ladies are Freshmen at BYU. 

IHPC is committed to addressing the need for a culturally-diverse health workforce in the Inland Southern California Region. It is our mission and our passion. Everyday our team works hard to bring opportunities to students that (we hope) will change or strengthen their life trajectory to serve their communities in a health-related field. There are obstacles, to be sure, and sometimes we wonder, are we making a difference??

Then a letter like the one we received from a former Chino Hills High School student, reassures us that indeed, our work is changing lives...

 

My name is Maren Keehan and I am currently attending BYU-Idaho University in Rexburg. Through the IHPC program at Reach Out, I was able to attend a Public Health seminar at the University of La Verne, which influenced me to choose my major in Public Health! While at Public Health 101, I found it fascinating at how many people around the world are so unaware of how easy it is to prevent disease and stay sanitary, even in their own homes. Public Health professionals have the task of reaching out to communities [who have] very little knowledge of prevention, and informing them on how to improve their daily lives.

I was inspired to reach out to the school that I attend now [to find out] what steps to take to pursue a career in that field. I am not 100% set on what I want to do with a degree in Public Health, but I do know that I am extremely interested in helping others around me and utilizing the skills that I gain from classes I take to push myself forward in my own community and help out in any way possible.

Three years ago, I would not have been able to say that, but because I took risks and did something I wasn’t so sure about, I found a passion for it and now I am ecstatic to pursue that passion. I urge anyone who even has a slight interest in a medical or public health profession to keep going, ask questions, and set goals for themselves because it will all be worth it in the end!
— Maren Keehan