Erie Niagara AHEC and the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions hosts 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
The 2017 Public Health Summer Camp was held August 14-18 at the University at Buffalo. We received a number of applications, and accepted 21 students to attend. The camp convened daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch and breaks throughout the day.
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 put on Tyvek suits to simulate being part of a lead clean-up crew after learning about how lead can affect one’s health. They also learned about the fields of Occupational and Physical Therapy. Students conducted strength and range of motion tests with a gentleman who has Multiple Sclerosis.
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 winner of the Step Challenge was Thomas Griffin with 60,246 steps 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 was given a topic and time to work amongst themselves to create a presentation in which they sought to teach in a manner that would resonate with people in their age group. The presentations consisted of video public service announcements, Public Health Jeopardy and an educational rap song. Presentations occurred on the last day and parents were encouraged to attend and stay for the graduation ceremony afterwards.
Students’ reflections at the end of the camp showed that they really enjoyed “learning about different areas of public health” and “being able to interact with college professors/ field experts”. 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 Kim Krytus, Director of MPH Initiatives and Robert Furlani, Assistant Director of MPH Training, we truly would not have been able to have such a successful week without them. In addition, the MPH student facilitators, Seanna Pratt and Raymond Luu, and the rest of the University at Buffalo staff were so helpful and accommodating.
We are excited about the 2018 Public Health Summer Camp and are currently accepting applications!
To participate students must be:
- Entering 10, 11 or 12 grade.
- Submit an application, including a recommendation from a school counselor or teacher.