Online Program

Innovative Pipeline Programming into Health Careers - A Community and University Collaboration

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Ranelle Brew, EdD, CHES, Department of Public Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
An innovative summer camp, sHaPe Summer Health Activities and Professions Exploration, was created to bridge the gap between public school students in the Grand Rapids community who are seeking career guidance and making their decision of whether to attend college and ultimately consider a health profession as a career.

Literature shows that there is a lack of minorities and males in health professions nationwide, and this program was designed to address this need in our local community by providing an interactive, hands-on approach to workforce development in a college setting.

This presentation will describe sHaPe camp, while highlighting the need, desirability, barriers, and challenges of six years of data from sHaPe Camp. Disseminating outcomes of pre-and post-testing provides a platform for discussion and possible replication for future development of similar pipeline programs to meet the demand of disparities in the health professions.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe a pipeline summer camp intervention used between Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Valley State University Assess the need, desirability, barriers, and challenges to reproducing this pipeline summer camp program Identify the success of the program from six years of longitudinal data results

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Workforce Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal investigator for research and the implementation of sHaPe Summer Camp
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.