Camp Is Teaching Students About the Health Care Industry

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

A free three week camp teaching students about the health care industry is in Perry County and one will leave with 500 dollars.

Officials for UK say Eastern Kentucky has higher disease rates while the number of physicians is decreasing.

That's why UK's Center for Excellence in Rural Health along with Southeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center say they've teamed up.

“These kids for three weeks solid, you know, view things, they get to en-gulf their minds and their imagination for what it's like to be a health care practitioner,” Michael Gayheart said.

Thirty-five students from five counties have been chosen by a panel of professionals to work side-by-side, shadowing doctors from several different areas of expertise.

Camp organizers say it's a great way to start their education in health care sooner rather than later.

“It's an empowerment tool, meets an educational opportunity, meets a long term investment and that's really what we're wanting to do,” Deidra Robinson said.

Officials say what they're wanting to do is provide students with the opportunity to find an early interest in the health care field so they can focus their education around their career.

“What we want them to do as a result, once they choose that health career is to come back to southeast Kentucky and practice whichever health discipline they choose,” Gayheart said.

Campers say their interest is growing while they're getting this real world experience.

Organizers say at the end of camp, one lucky teen will receive a 500 dollar reward based on their performance and attendance.

Officials say all the doctors have donated their time to teach the students.

Organizers spent about 35 thousand dollars to run the camp with about 20 percent being donated by local businesses and individuals.

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