HOW to Help - Getting Students Interested in Health Care


The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center held its annual Health Opportunities Workshop (HOW) on March 11 at the Morehead Conference Center. With more than 600 participating students – from 13 different schools – it was the Northeast AHEC’s largest-ever HOW event. Students were introduced to a variety of hands-on experiences to strengthen their knowledge of the health care field.

More than 30 exhibitors were in attendance representing numerous organizations, including the University of Kentucky Rural Physician Leadership Program, University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, the University of Pikeville’s soon-to-open optometry program, Northern Kentucky University’s Athletic Training program, Ashland Community & Technical College, Kentucky Christian University’s Nursing Program, Morehead State University Imaging Sciences Program, University of Kentucky Physician Assistant program, Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, St. Claire Pharmacy, St. Claire Family Medicine Residency, and UK Women’s Health.

Students were able to suture; perform CPR, dissections, and intubation, practice inserting an IV; and take part in a birthing simulation, blood typing, urinalysis, casting, and sterile field training. The students also received information about various health care fields (e.g., academic requirements, salary expectations). 

Dr. Donald Frazier with the University of Kentucky’s Science and Outreach Center educated students on human anatomy and physiology.  “Students really love Dr. Frazier’s presentation every year,” said Lainey Mattox, health careers coordinator for the Northeast AHEC. “Instead of seeing pictures of organs like the brain and lungs in books, they get to see, and sometimes touch, the real thing.  I think this hands-on experience really helps the lesson stick.”

To view more photos of the 2015 event, click here.

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