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IC Hosts HealthQuest for Teenagers

Written by Meredith Farley
7/22/2008

Students Learning at HealthQuest

High School students who are considering a career in healthcare had an opportunity to get some hands-on experience at Ithaca College this summer. HealthQuest is a weeklong program that has been held at IC for four years running. The program is sponsored by the Ithaca College School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, the Central New York Area Health Education Center (CNYAHEC) and Excellus BlueCross Blueshield. This past year it took place from July 7-11.

The program, which is a camp open to students grades 10-12, offers students the opportunity to get hands-on learning about career options like athletic training, gerontology, social work, physical and occupational therapy, clinical exercise science, clinical laboratory sciences, speech language pathology, and recreation management. During the camp, the students live on campus at IC and get a glimpse of what living on a college campus is like.

The camp exposes students to interesting careers in healthcare so that they might pursue a career in the field; CNYAHEC is focused on alleviating the shortage of qualified professionals in the upstate New York area.

"There's a shortage, workforce shortage, in healthcare in the United States, especially in the rural areas and this gives us an opportunity to expose students, young students, to opportunities that they might not think of," said Steven Siconolfi, the dean of the Health Sciences & Human Performance Dean School at Ithaca College.

“CNYAHEC really enjoys working with Ithaca College to bring HealthQuest to students throughout our region,” say CNYAHEC executive director Leslie Kannus. “It's important that we expose students to the wide variety of opportunities that are available in health care, so they will hopefully choose to pursue one of these careers.”

The camp also stresses health among the students: they will learn about personal fitness and nutrition. There was a daily morning workout for all students and they all participated in a hike to the top of Treman Park.

The CNYAHEC is a not-for-profit organization that promotes improvements in training, developing, and distributing health-care professionals in upstate New York, in over 14 counties.



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