If you are interested in opportunities to volunteer, the Urban Health Program attends yearly events geared towards raising community awareness regarding STEM opportunities for underrepresented youth and their parents. Healthcare and recruitment professionals from different disciplines gather to provide training, workshops, and information sessions to educate families and community youth about a myriad of health-related topics. These topics include CPR, suturing, auscultation, different education programs, and membership-based organizations.
Additional workshop and organization details for featured groups are listed below:
- Membership-based organizations are present to give a briefing on the criteria for involvement, the objectives of the organization, and the registration process
- Health-centered foundations present program objectives and requirements for admission
- The I AM Abel Foundation is a physician pipeline program that provides medical mentoring and urban bridges to improve and support underrepresented inner-city students by bridging socioeconomic gaps in education and the medical field
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- Different universities provide admission and program details to prospective students
- Loyola University
- Rush University
- Heartland Health Centers (Federally Qualified Health Centers - FQHC) – provide information about employment opportunities to providers and federally qualified health center access in the community and within elementary schools
- The University of Illinois at Chicago
- CPR and suturing workshops
- Dental students led dental workshops including teeth models and dental instruments
- Malcolm X College
- NorthShore Health Systems
- Intubation and Ambu bag demonstrations and explanations
- Minority physician organizations
- The Urban Health program delivers information on the different programs that UIC offers
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Aside from volunteer opportunities, UIC students may benefit from these events through networking and learning more about furthering career and education opportunities. Being visible as a health student/professional may be empowering for students with similar experiences, backgrounds, and/or identities. These events may also be beneficial to people in your community including your siblings or children. They are often free of cost and provide breakfast and/or lunch. Raffles are available and participants can receive gifts like gift cards, stethoscopes, and more!
The I AM Abel event occurred on May 21st from 12-5 pm at Rush University in the academic center. The Black Men in White Coats Youth Summit occurred this past weekend at Malcolm X College, June 4th, from 10 am – 1 pm. This event had a great turnout and about 150 presenters and participants were present. Please be on the lookout for continued postings about similar events!