The 2017-18 IHPC Student Ambassador cohort met before Christmas break in the President's conference room at SBVC to discuss outreach plans for introducing health careers in their respective schools and colleges. This year our cohort has grown to 11 students who have already shown exceptional leadership skills. Please meet a few of our ambassadors:
Meet Andrew Hoover, a senior at Ruben Ayala High School in Chino Hills, CA, and aspiring cardiovascular surgeon or family doctor. As the campus representative for his Ayala Pre-Medical Society, Andrew hopes to expose his peers to different careers within the medical field. The projects Andrew has already spearheaded this year are the Nursing Day site visit to San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) and the American Medical Response (AMR) Toy Drive. On December 7, 2017, Andrew took 50 of his Ayala High School peers to SBVC to learn more about nursing careers, how to get into a nursing program, and what it takes to be both a successful nursing student and professional.
Meet Luzcamila Bonilla, a senior at Palomares Academy of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA, who is interested in pursuing a career in Veterinary Medicine. In addition to her rold as Student Ambassador, Luzcamila is also the Vice President of her Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club; a nationally recognized student lead medical society. As an established HOSA chapter, members are in charge of scheduling and facilitating “HOSA Week” - a series of outreach activites to educate student bodies on health careers and conditions. As the HOSA Vice President and IHPC Student Ambassador, Luzcamila has taken on the challenge of establishing her school’s first ever Community Health Fair. This health fair is scheduled to take place in February and will conclude the “HOSA Week” festivities.
Let’s give it up for these two WONDERFUL young people doing their part to serve their peers and community.
Special thank you to Joan Murillo, Assistant Professor of Biology at SBVC, for providing our IHPC Student Ambassador meeting locations for the academic year.