May 1, 2018 • Written in Community Support Medical Students 0 Comments

• Written by Jonathan Koch

High school students from Edgerton, Irma and Chauvin are going to get a taste of rural health care from some of their own.

On May 3, Edgerton Public School will host a “Grow Your Own” health skills event, sponsored by the Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP), the Village of Edgerton on behalf of the ICE Villages, the Edgerton Public School, and the Wainwright & District Family and Community Services. The event will see an expected 60 local high school students receive an introduction to health-care careers from Edgerton, Irma, and Chauvin alumni.

The former students—who include a combined lab/x-ray technician, pharmacist, psychologist, physical therapist, speech language pathologist, registered nurse, dietician, paramedic and doctor—will speak to participants about their health-care career paths. Students will also be introduced to the broad range of skills health professionals in rural communities are expected to use every day, including suturing, catheter care, and giving an injection. Participants will also be treated to an RhPAP-sponsored lunch and a presentation from motivational speaker, Alvin Law.

Edgerton’s health skills event presents an innovative approach to educating rural high school students. The community is not home to a health-care centre, but the local committee believes that inspiring students will nonetheless improve rural health care viability in the region. The local school will host the skills day, allowing local alumni presenters to connect with current, rural students in a familiar setting.

This event runs from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at the Edgerton School.

RhPAP Skills events, including Skills Days and Skills Weekends for high school and post-secondary students, are sponsored by the Rural Health Professions Action Plan, and are scheduled in rural Alberta communities throughout the year by the RhPAP Rural Community Consultant team.

For more information, please contact:

Colleen Lindholm
Rural Community Consultant – Central East Zone
Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP)
Cell: 780-679-5975

Jonathan Koch
Director, Communications, Marketing and Research
Rural Health Professions Action Plan
Tel: 587-987-4325

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