Online Program

Science and Health Immersion Program (SHIP): Preparing Latino Youth for Health Professions

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Natalia Suarez, MA, UIC College of Medicine Hispanic Center of Excellence, University of Illinois at Chicago/National Center for Rural Health Professions, Rockford, IL
Ben Weger, Medical Student, Rural Medical Education Program (RMED), University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, IL
Jose Alvarez, NCRHP, National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP), Rockford, IL
Samuel Medina-Conchi, Medical Biotechnology, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford
Sarah Bunch, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, IL
Introduction: Latinos remain underrepresented in the health professions. Contributing factors include disparities in the K-12 educational system, low educational aspirations, and disadvantaged socio-economic status. Health career awareness pipeline programs targeting Latinos have shown to be an effective way to address this shortage.

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.

MethodologyThe 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.

ResultsUnits 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.  

ConclusionsFurther 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

Learning Objectives:
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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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.