Northwest MN AHEC partnered with the Pine to Prairie Consortium and RiverView Health, to implement a health careers curriculum designed to expose 8th-10th grade students to numerous careers related to health care.
On August 24th, the first Train the Trainer class was held to introduce five health instructors to the curriculum, including a new simulation mannequin.
The simulation mannequin allows for hands-on introduction to some of the tools and materials used by various health professionals, as well as the kinds of tasks they perform. The curriculum also provides career information sheets, activities, and directions to accompany the use of some of the pieces of equipment.
The curriculum and the equipment will travel around to schools in northwest Minnesota. The instructors are encouraged to invite health care professionals into the classroom to assist with the presentations. Plans are in place to train 3 more trainers in December.
The equipment and the curriculum design were made possible by the Health Careers Promotions Grant from the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education. Contributions were also made by several hospitals and post-secondary education institutions across the region.