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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Annual CI: Healthcare program held for Vernon Parish students

  • Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center (CLAHEC) and LSU-Alexandria (LSUA) recently presented the “CI: Healthcare” program for high school juniors and seniors living in CLAHEC’s upper eight-parish region. The program was a one-day interactive experience that provided students the opportunity to explore nursing and allied health fields.
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  • Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center (CLAHEC) and LSU-Alexandria (LSUA) recently presented the “CI: Healthcare” program for high school juniors and seniors living in CLAHEC’s upper eight-parish region. The program was a one-day interactive experience that provided students the opportunity to explore nursing and allied health fields. Students rotated through different departments to gain experience from a wide variety of medical career choices.
    On Jan. 10, 32 students from 17 high schools were able to investigate and participate in several health care fields such as nursing, phlebotomy, radiology technology, pharmacy, forensic science, clinical laboratory science, and other sciences. Students were given the opportunity to observe firsthand various procedures used in each field. They were able to interact with LSUA students and faculty and ask questions concerning specific career choices.
    They participated in many “hands-on” activities to get a feel for the various disciplines. Students from Vernon Parish who attended this program included Arline Ficarra and Abigail Haymon from Faith Training Christian Academy, Ronicia Howze and Jessica Mango from Leesville High School, and Noraa Stanley from Simpson High School.
    Central Louisiana AHEC is a non-profit, community-based agency that serves as a training and information resource for health and education professionals for a 17-parish region. A primary goal of Central Louisiana AHEC is to identify local needs and develop programs that will encourage young people to consider a career in healthcare and to practice in rural and underserved communities where their services are urgently needed.
    "The CI: Healthcare program is a great opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to enhance their understanding of so many different healthcare fields, receive hands-on experience, obtain knowledge and experience from health care professionals, and learn about programs offered through LSU-Alexandria,” said Gabrielle Juneau, program coordinator.
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