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Minneapolis Campus welcomes Urban Scrubs campers

2012 Urban Scrub campers at St. Kate's nursing lab.
2012 Urban Scrub campers at St. Kate's nursing lab.
Photo courtesy of Susan Pauly.

On July 12, St. Catherine University halls were filled with 71 high school students wearing maroon scrubs. They were touring the Minneapolis campus as part of Urban Scrubs, a residential and day camp experience sponsored by HealthForce Minnesota.

The teenagers started their health-and-wellness-themed day with yoga instruction provided by Osiris Guzman, assistant director of information technology at St. Kate’s. They then met with healthcare faculty in small groups to gain an in-depth perspective of what it’s like to be a practitioner in sonography, phlebotomy, physical therapy and orthoptics.

Hands-on activities gave the campers insight into the day-to-day work associated with the different professions associated with those areas of study. The students also learned about herbal medicine, alternative methods of healing and careers in pharmacy.

HealthForce Minnesota works with leading industry employers and educators to expand capacity in health science education and create a critically trained workforce that is flexible and diverse. The organization’s K–16 Health Science Partnership, which includes Urban Scrubs, works toward making Minnesota a global leader in healthcare delivery.

The five-day Urban Scrubs program encourages students in grades 9 to 12 to consider health care careers — and at the same time introduces them to college life. The participants who visited St. Kate’s Minneapolis campus were part of the Urban Scrubs Camp held at Augsburg College. (There is a second camp at Winona State University, where HealthForce Minnesota is located.)

“It was wonderful to have St. Kate’s included in a program as ambitious and highly respected as Urban Scrubs,” says Susan Pauly, director of academic enhancement on the Minneapolis campus who helped organize the visit. “I hope we can work with HealthForce Minnesota to inspire many more urban campers in the future.”

HealthForce Minnesota collaborates with the neightborhood coalition Cedar-Riverside Partnership to bring the camp to inner-city kids and identify participants for Urban Scrubs.

July 16, 2012 by Susan Pauly and Pauline Oo

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