Safeguarding and Educating our Teens

SfgrdngTeens_PrjctSrchBreAnna Harrison Lee was the first Project SEARCH participant hired at UVMC.

BreAnna Harrison Lee walked into Upper Valley Medical Center searching for job training through a Premier Health partnership with Project SEARCH. She ended up an employee. 

“On the first day, I fell in love with it… and with the patients. You go in, and, if you have a bad day, it lifts you right up,” says BreAnna, a Troy resident.  An environmental services employee, she was the first Project SEARCH participant hired at UVMC.

Project SEARCH is a high school transition program designed to provide training and education on the road to employment for individuals with disabilities. Program goals include making participants more independent and ready to compete in the job market. Project partners include Premier Health-UVMC, Upper Valley Career Center, local boards of developmental disabilities and the state Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Helping Students Explore Careers

SfgrdngTeens_HlthcrExplrtns_01Young people throughout the region are learning about the vast array of health care related careers through Premier Health programs such as Good Samaritan Hospital’s Healthcare Career Exploration events and Miami Valley Hospital’s HCI: Healthcare Career Investigation. Premier Health partners with 48 area high schools and four colleges, in order to bring our mission to build healthier communities to realization.

During the annual Good Samaritan project, students have the opportunity to speak with clinical and behind the scenes hospital professionals about educational and career paths. On hand to provide a one-stop approach are college and military representatives taking about enrollment, class offerings and scholarship opportunities.

Last year, nearly 250 students and parents from 28 area high schools participated in the event that might be the starting point for tomorrow’s new health care worker.

Hands on learning is emphasized during the HCI three-day camp. Students are invited to learn more about robotic surgery by using a training robot and how to tie sutures with practice on chicken thighs under the watchful eyes of surgical nurses. Students also have the opportunity to visit patient floors while shadowing a nurse and work with CareFlight nurses as part of exploring the demands of trauma care.

Promoting Safety Behind the Wheel

 No_TxtngSign“Banners were displayed at schools to create awareness, and accountability” Joey Brumfield, Atrium’s Trauma Outreach Coordinator

The safety and long-team health of the community’s teens is on the radar of Premier Health traffic and motor vehicle safety programs.

In Drive ALIVE through Miami Valley Hospital’s Injury Prevention Center, community resources such as police join health and medical professionals in giving young drivers an in-depth look at the real life consequences of irresponsible driving practices. The court-ordered program is in cooperation with Montgomery County, and has brought real-life examples to more than 1,100 county teens during the past decade.

Atrium Medical Center’s Division of Trauma Services employs a federal Safe Communities Grant to work with law enforcement to spotlight motor vehicle and traffic safety awareness with a top goal of decreasing Warren County’s highway related fatalities and injuries.  Among emphasized topics are the life saving benefits of seatbelts, the risks and associated consequence of impaired driving and most recently, keeping one’s eyes on the road instead of a cellphone. Safe driving not only helps keep the young driver on the road, but also helps safeguard their health.

As part of the 2012 program, banners were placed at six Warren County high schools, where students were asked to take a pledge to not text and drive and sign the banners to reinforce their pledge.

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Content Updated: December 13, 2013

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