It's about LIFE!

I'm so glad we aren't talking about the cereal here! No. LIFE is actually short for Learning Inspired Field Experience - a comprehensive program that we rolled out in earnest this year to expose students to health professions. 

Pic L to R: Back Row: Doxa Kuate, Grecia Sepulveda, Ted Choi, Mark Nguyen, Julio Guzman. Front Row: Francesca Barron, Charmaine Donato, Leidi Bustos, Leah Serrano, Chase Yonamine, Zubair Ahmed. 

Pic L to R: Back Row: Doxa Kuate, Grecia Sepulveda, Ted Choi, Mark Nguyen, Julio Guzman. Front Row: Francesca Barron, Charmaine Donato, Leidi Bustos, Leah Serrano, Chase Yonamine, Zubair Ahmed. 

Look at those eager young faces! We had 11 high school students enter the LIFE (Learning Inspired Field Experience) program at the start of the summer break. They will be placed in a number of community clinics and medical offices like Parktree Community Health Center and Upland-Ontario Medical Clinic and Urgent Care. Some students will even complete their LIFE hours in private practice settings. 

The 8 hour of training is pretty comprehensive but these students were up to the task. After a review of the goals and objectives of the program, a number of training topics were covered including professionalism in the work place, confidentiality, HIPAA regulations, security, privacy, infection control, hazardous materials, and of course service excellence.   One student, Mark Nguyen had this to say about the training :

My first day of training was very informational; I learned so many new things. I appreciate the time you guys took to go through even one of the littlest but most significant gestures like the handshake... This program is definitely what I have been searching for! I know it will not only advance myself in my future career, but also improve how I am as a person. I am excited to see what is next in this amazing program, and as always, I will keep an open mind and always put my best foot forward. Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to be with us!
- Mark Nguyen, Colony HS, Ontario

Once placed, students will be closely monitored complete assignments along the way designed to help them get the most out of their experience. Each student left the training with a workbook and, like Mark, increased confidence! That's exactly what we want for these students because we know a first impression is a lasting one and this may be the first time a site has worked with students at this level. The success of the program lies in placing receptive, responsible, and motivated students eager to learn, with health professionals who want to be a part of the health education pipeline. These experiences shape lives and we can't wait to see where they go! Stay tuned...

We received emails from students expressing their gratitude for the training and had this to say:

“...You and your colleagues passion for public health and helping the community is evident and is very radiating. Thank you for sharing your passion and inspiring me and my peers.”

Benito Machado trains on the dos and don'ts of professional communication.

Benito Machado trains on the dos and don'ts of professional communication.

“...I am extremely excited to get...into the working environment. I am grateful for this opportunity that I am being given, and I am more than ready to demonstrate it as well! Thank you again.”

“I am very thankful for the opportunity you guys have given me to be able learn about the medical field. I am looking forward to be able to to work with you, with all the ReachOut workers, and the facility.”

“I was honored to attend the first training day... It was a great experience for me, coming out of that session learning a lot more about life and the interview process before coming. Thank you so much for having it and I can't wait to see what other opportunities LIFE has to offer.” - Zubair Ahmed, Los Osos High School

“I really enjoyed the contents, and definitely learned a lot, especially on privacy laws and mannerism. Probably my favorite part was having to go up in front of the audience and speak out loud introductions and presentations. Nerve wracking at the very least, but certainly enjoyable. I can definitely apply these lessons to my college career and interviews in the future.”