NATIVE AMERICAN HEALTHY LIVING AND MEDICAL CAREERS WEEK COMES TO HARDIN HIGH SCHOOL IN MONTANA
05/13/2013

This event will showcase Native healing traditions in combination with the
best in Western medicine and help expose students to health science careers.

Online PR News – 13-May-2013 – Hardin, Montana – ***MEDIA ALERT***

Contact:
Ms. Joy Farrington
Mentoring in Medicine
305-771-3408
FarringtonJoy@gmail.com

NATIVE AMERICAN HEALTHY LIVING AND MEDICAL CAREERS WEEK COMES TO
HARDIN HIGH SCHOOL IN MONTANA

WHAT:
Mentoring in Medicine, The National Library of Medicine of the
National Institutes of Health, and Montana State University School of
Nursing are hosting “The Native American Healthy Living and Medical
Careers Week” at Hardin High School and Middle School from May 14th to
May 16th in Hardin, Montana. Students from middle school and high
school will have the opportunity to meet with practicing healthcare
professionals and representatives from local health professional
schools and there will be several classroom presentations throughout
the event.

Healthy Living Week kicks off Tuesday, May 14, 2013 with a
demonstration of a multimedia online exhibition entitled “Native
Voices: Native Peoples Concepts of Health and Illness.” Native Voices
explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural
life of natives peoples. By using iPads, students can view the Native
Voices app which features: the virtual exhibition, resource library,
and interviews with healthcare professionals, community leaders and
traditional leaders.

On Wednesday, May 15th, students will learn about the cardiovascular
system. Native American Healthy Living Week will conclude on Thursday,
May 16th with a health fair and general assembly. Local healthcare
professionals and representatives from healthcare organizations will
also conduct class visits and attend the general assembly at the end
of the day.

WHY: The mission of Mentoring in Medicine is to diversify the
workforce by exposing underrepresented students to careers in health
care. There is a critical shortage of minority physicians and other
healthcare professionals. According to the American Association of
Medical Colleges, while racial and ethnic minorities make up
approximately 25 percent of the U.S. population, they make up only six
percent of practicing physicians and only 12 percent of U.S. medical
school graduates.

Dr. Helen Melland, Dean of the College of Nursing at Montana State
University stated, “I am so pleased that Mentoring in Medicine is
available to support and encourage prospective students from diverse
backgrounds as it compliments and reinforces Montana State
University’s commitment to encouraging Native students to pursue a
health science career. This is especially critical during this time of
nursing shortage, especially as projections predict a continued and
worsening shortage. As the baby boomer population ages and their need
for care increases, the number of qualified health care professionals
representing all healthcare disciplines needed will grow
significantly.”

Dr. Fred Wood, Science Program Leader at the US National Library of
Medicine, added, "The NLM is supporting this program because we
believe it can increase student awareness of health career
opportunities. Also, this event is a great way for students to learn
about Native Voices, the NLM multi-media exhibition on Native views of
health and wellness. We hope that Native Voices can help inspire the
Hardin High School and Middle School students to enhance their health
and that of their families and community."

WHO: The Native American Healthy Living and Medical Careers Week
conference is presented in partnership with Hardin High School, The
National Library of Medicine of The National Institutes of Health and
The School of Nursing at Montana State University and Mentoring in
Medicine.

Mentoring in Medicine (www.MedicalMentor.org) is a national nonprofit
organization based in New York City. Mentoring in Medicine is
dedicated to academic enrichment, leadership development, community
service and mentoring underrepresented students interested in pursuing
a healthcare profession. The organization offers students hands-on
experience in a variety of healthcare occupations through their
educational and mentoring programs. In the seven years since its
conception, Mentoring in Medicine has developed programs that have
reached almost 50,000 students, parents, and professionals. Nearly 800
health care professionals: doctors, dentists, podiatrists, nurses,
physician assistants, pharmacists, researchers, and health
administrators, have worked together to assist youth to strategically
prepare an educational plan so they can obtain their goal of becoming
a health professional, in addition to encouraging healthy living.

WHEN AND WHERE:
Thursday, May 16th
Breakfast: 8:30am-9:30am
Health Fair: 10:00am-1:00pm
Lunch: 1:00pm-1:30pm
In-Class Visits: 8:30am-1:00pm
General Assembly: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Location:
Hardin High School
702 N Terry Ave
Hardin, Montana 59034

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