Science and Health Immersion Program (SHIP): Preparing Latino Youth for Health Professions
Objective: This poster’s objective is to examine the Science and Health Immersion Program (SHIP) in-school program, a culturally competent health professions and academic enrichment program for Latino high school students.
Methodology: The SHIP is a high-school based eight-week in-class program for Latino students. The SHIP curriculum covers four components: 1) Exploring Health Professions; 2) Public Health; 3) Professional Skills Development; and 4) College Prep. The SHIP is grounded on Freire’s Dialogical Learning in which individuals are empowered to become actors in the problem identification and solving process. Evaluation tools include de-identified socio-demographic surveys, daily activities feedback, and closing program evaluations assessing overall experience and satisfaction.
Results: Units of measurement for results will include improvement of following: understanding of health disparities in Latino and underserved populations, interprofessional relationships of healthcare careers, confidence and knowledge to pursue a career in the healthcare field, and the role of public health in their own communities. Raw results will be assembled at the completion of the program and prepared to present.
Conclusions: Further examining Latinos’ educational journeys will help researchers, educators, and institutional agents better understand their unique needs and challenges, as well as provide information for culturally-competent programming initiatives.
Learning Areas:Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences
Demonstrate the implementation process of a culturally-competent health career awareness program for Latino youth Examine the importance of program evaluation for quality improvement and expansion
Keyword(s): Latinos, Youth
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I have over three years of experience working with underserved and underrepresented minority youth in urban and rural settings. Furthermore, I currently serve as the Program Director for a minority-serving health career awareness pipeline program housed at the University of Illinois Health Science Campus in Rockford, IL.
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.