Erie Niagara AHEC and the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions host an annual summer camp to expose high school students to public health topics and careers. The free, week-long camp offers students the opportunity to learn about topics such as:
- Applying to college and writing a personal statement
- Lead prevention and detection
- Opioid Addiction
- STI Disease Outbreaks
- Zika Virus
- Hookah and E-Cigarettes
- Building accessibility
- Exercise Science
We are excited about the 2018 Public Health Summer Camp and are currently accepting applications! Applications and all supporting documents are due by May 4, 2018 for consideration.
To participate students must be:
- Entering 10, 11 or 12 grade.
- Submit an application, including a recommendation from a school counselor or teacher.
- *Preference will be given to students attending schools in Erie and Niagara Counties.*
Highlights from the 2017 University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions Public Health Summer Camp:
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The 2018 Public Health Summer Camp was held July 30 to August 3 at the University at Buffalo. The camp convened daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch and breaks throughout the day. We received a number of applications and accepted a record 29 students to attend! Students came from all over Western New York and beyond, including Syracuse, Albany and Toronto.
Each day the students learned about public health topics from University at Buffalo professors and current health professionals. They had opportunities to do hands-on activities to enhance their understanding of public health. This year students learned about how to deal with an athletic injury, how to spot fake news and got into wheelchairs to learn about accessibility issues. They also learned about concussions and concussion treatment, opioid use, and statistics. This year we brought the students to the Erie County Public Health Lab so they could see where some of the advisories and recommendations on health come from here in Erie County. Many of the students plan to go on to health professions and learned about majoring in public health to set themselves apart as they apply for further education, graduate, and professional schools.
Using a pedometer provided by the camp, the students took part in a Step Challenge. Each day the student recorded their steps which was tallied at the end of the camp. The challenge sought to reinforce Public Health topics of Exercise Science by becoming more physically active. The winners of the Step Challenge were Mia Cruz and Jonah Eng with over 90,000 steps combined for the week!
They also participated in a capstone group project where they applied ideas and knowledge they had learned throughout the camp. Each group chose a topic within the Social Determinants of Health and had time throughout the week to create a presentation. Their target audience was people in their own age group. The presentations consisted of video public service announcements, PowerPoints and one group even went out into the community to interview people about food access in their neighborhoods. Presentations occurred on the last day and parents were encouraged to attend and stay for the graduation ceremony afterwards.
Students described the camp as “educational”, “diverse”, they really enjoyed touring the North Campus and learning more about college life as well as the hands-on activities throughout the week. ENAHEC is thankful for the students’ feedback and will use it to continually make this camp the best experience that it can be for future years.
ENAHEC would also like to extend a warm thank you to the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions for their facilitation of the Public Health Summer Camp. In particular, ENAHEC would like to acknowledge the time, energy and expertise of Dr. Jean Wactawski-Wende, Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions and Katie Alford, Coordinator of Student Services and Recruitment, we truly would not have been able to have such a successful week without them. In addition, Erie Niagara AHEC intern and MPH student, Ross Melnik and UB SPHHP Intern, Zofia Rozmus, as well as and the rest of the University at Buffalo faculty and staff who were so helpful and accommodating.