NFCC, Healthcare Workforce
Network and Big Bend AHEC join forces to teach local students about careers in
FL — This summer 22 6th-9th grade students ventured to the North
Florida Community College campus for Health Scholars Camp 2013. The camp,
sponsored by Big Bend Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Healthcare Workforce
Network and NFCC Allied Health, explored healthcare, fitness, nutrition,
science and related careers.
focus of the camp is to increase the knowledge of healthy lifestyle choices and
the various healthcare occupations students can pursue,” said Amy Ellison,
Executive Director of the Healthcare Workforce Network.
participated in field trips to Florida State University’s College of Medicine
and Florida A&M University’s College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical
Sciences, and also visited local healthcare facilities including Madison
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Allied Therapy Services. NFCC’s Allied
Health department showed off its nursing labs and patient simulators to the
young students and NFCC Practical Nursing students shared basic first aid tips,
making first aid kits for each camper. Madison County Emergency Medical
Services stopped by for an ambulance tour and shared insight into EMS services
and careers. The young students also learned about oral health and tobacco
prevention from Big Bend AHEC representative Emily Kohler, participated in a
disability awareness activity presented by NFCC Allied Health Advisor Debbie
Bass, and learned how to create healthy snacks each day.
Fitness Coordinator Tyler Coody and Junior Auxiliary of Madison County
representative Kathy Rogers led physical fitness workouts for the campers and
NFCC Biology Instructor Dr. Greg Molnar worked in some interesting science
experiments and projects during the four-day camp. Amy Ellison, Healthcare
Workforce Network Director, helped coordinate the camp and spoke to the young
students about possible careers in healthcare.
Health Scholars 2013 were Wendy Silvernell (camp counselor and LPN) along with
Jennifer Anderson (NFCC nursing student). Students participating in the camp
were from Madison and Hamilton counties.
more information on the Healthcare Workforce Network, contact Amy Ellison at
(850) 973-1671 or email email@example.com.
The Network serves a six-county area (Hamilton,
Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor) and is organized to
facilitate healthcare recruitment and training of local residents to increase
healthcare access and foster economic development in a rural, high-unemployment
area. For more information on NFCC’s Allied Health programs (Patient Care
Technician, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), contact Debbie Bass at
(850) 973-1662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.