Healthy Community Coalition Annual Youth Summit Focuses on Health Careers
November 1, 2007
Randy Gauvin, PA, Franklin Memorial Hospital teaches a Rangeley student, Connor Durgin, how to suture on a pig's foot.
October 26, 2007-The 8th Annual Youth Summit was held in the Ben Franklin Center at Franklin Memorial Hospital on October 26th, according to Leah Binder, FCHN Vice President and HCC Executive Director.
This year’s Youth Summit focused on introducing approximately 50, 8th grade students from Greater Franklin County to health related professions, providing them with hands on training and education and connecting them with professionals in the fields of nursing, radiology, physician assistant, dentistry, surgery, emergency medical services, mental health counseling, health education, physical therapy, and hospital laboratory. “Student responses were very positive, they especially loved the hand-on experiences where they could get involved with learning about a health related profession,” said Nicole Ditata, HCC Event Coordinator.
Students had an opportunity to listen to opening remarks from Dr. David Dixon. Dr. Dixon grew up in Maine and attended Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts then returned to Maine for training and began his career. He is currently the Medical Director at Franklin Memorial Hospital and has been a surgeon for 38 years in Franklin County. Dr. Dixon encouraged students to “Try to have as many experiences as you can throughout your schooling so that you can see what career interests you,” said Nicole Ditata, HCC Event Coordinator.
Students were also introduced to the mainehealthcareers.com website so they can research numerous health careers. The Maine Area Health Education Network launched the new web portal in May to allow Maine middle school students to explore opportunities for education, training, mentoring, and internships in the health professions.
The web portal received strong sponsorship from the state’s Office of Rural Health and Primary Care/Maine Center for Disease Control, and the Finance Authority of Maine, which provides scholarship and loan repayment programs to Maine residents pursuing health careers.
“In recent years, Greater Franklin County has experienced the effects of health care, mental health and dental provider shortages, so we are hopeful the summit will make a difference,” said Binder.
The Youth Summit was made possible by the Healthy Community Coalition and Bangor Savings Bank.
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