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H.E.R.O.E.S. For More Than One Day


Donning lab coats and holding clipboards, twenty-one health career-bound students toured multiple departments at Carolinas Medical Center-University on July 20, 2011, as part of the Health Career Education – Reaching Out to Excellent Students (H.E.R.O.E.S.) program sponsored by Charlotte Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

This one-week residential academic program was held at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where students in grades 7-12 engaged in workshops on injections, anatomy and physiology, physical therapy, pharmacy and speech pathology as well as an SAT preparation course and a host of other games and activities.

Through the Model State-Supported AHEC grant, Charlotte AHEC developed these initiatives to educate pre-college youth, with an emphasis on underrepresented minorities and economically/educationally disadvantaged populations, about health careers. “We also develop academic preparedness with these youth through math and science critical-thinking skill enrichment, student computer/internet skills, clinical observations, and health care system site visits. Our goal is to have 90% of the youth we work with demonstrate increased awareness and knowledge about health careers and acquire the personal skill sets required to become a health professional,” said Michelle Boyd, assistant director of Health Careers and Diversity at Charlotte AHEC.