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High School Students Learn How to Tackle Homelessness, and Other Health Disparities, Through Internship  

High School Students participating in the Pre-med program offered by the Office of Diversity and Equity. On July 16th, 2018, 15 students received a warm welcome from Dr. Bonita Stanton, Founding Dean of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University and Dr. David Kountz, Associate Dean of Diversity and Equity. From a competitive applicant pool of 248 New Jersey students, 15 of the brightest students from underrepresented backgrounds were selected to begin their journey in the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University Medical Internship for Underrepresented Youth.

Students in scrubs simulating a surgical procedure. Following the School of Medicine's mission of community engagement and vision of health equity, this year's theme is "How Your Home Affects Your Health." The interns visited the New Community Center's Harmony House and met with Seton Hall alumna, Arti Kakkar, the organizations Chief of Health and Human Services to understand how homelessness affects women and children. The East Orange Veterans Affair and Essex County LGBT RAIN Foundation also welcomed the interns to learn how homelessness affects United States veterans and LTBTQ youth. In addition to community immersion, students also engaged in hands-on learning activities with New Jersey physicians and allied health care professionals from underrepresented backgrounds. These sessions include learning how to suture with surgeons, motivational interviewing with clinical psychologists, and learning patient care with occupational and physical therapists. Interns were also afforded the opportunity to work in the Emergency Room of Hackensack University Medical Center to interview patients affected by homelessness, domestic violence, and substance abuse in women.

Student working on a surgical suture.In addition to medical knowledge, an integral component of the internship is college readiness. Students received a public speaking course, SAT tutoring, and Basic Life Support and Narcan training. As a capstone of the internship, interns will present on a health disparity prevalent in their community and create an innovative solution to address it. The closing ceremony will be held on the Interprofessional Health Sciences campus on August 23rd starting at 5 p.m!

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