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High school students take part in statewide health leadership program for women

November 16, 2018

The University of Kansas Medical Center Area Health Education Center (AHEC) held its annual Women in Health Care: The Next Generation event on November 14-16, 2018 on the campus of KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. This year, 16 participants with health-related career aspirations were chosen from high schools across Kansas. 

This year's Women in Health Care: The Next Generation program participants are:

  • Ashlynn O'Dell - Girard High School (Girard, Kansas)
  • Bailey Yazzie - Lawrence Free State High School (Lawrence, Kansas)
  • Megan Posey - Lawrence Free State High School (Lawrence, Kansas)
  • Cassidy Busse - Saint Francis High School (St. Francis, Kansas)
  • Emily Schulte - Thomas More Prep-Marian High School (Hays, Kansas)
  • Grace North - Silver Lake High School (Silver Lake, Kansas)
  • Grace Temaat - Frontenac High School (Frontenac, Kansas)
  • Hannah Eckstein - Frontenac High School (Frontenac, Kansas)
  • Jullian Vogel - Chanute High School (Chanute, Kansas)
  • Delaney Maier - Hays High School (Hays, Kansas)
  • Kallie Leiker - Hays High School (Hays, Kansas)
  • Kari Satomi - Hays High School (Hays, Kansas)
  • Lexie Bryan - Gardner Edgerton High School (Gardner, Kansas)
  • Mikayla Kitchen - Pittsburg High School (Pittsburg, Kansas)
  • Muh Chit - Wyandotte High School (Kansas City, Kansas)
  • Nicolette Stapp - Colby High School (Colby, Kansas)

The three-day event provided students with the opportunity to explore the world of medicine and health care while interacting with health professions students and faculty at KU Medical Center. The group attended a variety of labs at KU Medical Center, including the orthopedics research lab, the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center and more.

This program is designed to encourage women to become leaders in health care, said Mary Beth Warren, director of the AHEC.

"With so few health care providers in most parts of the state, this program is a unique opportunity for young women to interface with a concentrated group of leaders and role models, many of whom are women," Warren said. "Through this event, we also want to inspire the best and the brightest to excel in whatever health field they eventually choose."

Women in Health Care: The Next Generation is an annual competitive program. More than 35 high school junior and senior women from across the state applied to take part in this year's program, which included writing an essay demonstrating strong interests in health care careers and getting teacher recommendations.

For more information on this program and other AHEC programs for Kansas high school students, please visit www.kumc.edu/ku-ahec. AHEC is a part of KU Medical Center's Institute for Community Engagement, which works with communities to advance the health of Kansans and beyond.

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