A group of local middle school students have learned how to save a life, split and cast a broken arm and much more. It’s part of a partnership that will soon change health care in our community.
The group of 33 sixth to eighth graders learned CRP, how to help some one who is choking and basic life support. It is 'Middle School Medical School,' a program that exposes kids to the medical field.
Some of the volunteer instructors are students from the CSU Northeast Ohio Medical University’s Partnership for Urban Health.
Dani Zapp is one of them, she explains, “We’re showing middle school students how awesome medicine is and if they even have the slightest interest in medicine, how amazing it is, and how gratifying the career is."
The Partnership for Urban Health recruits from urban communities, and hopes that its graduating doctors will return to those neighborhoods to provide health care.
Jashan Jabbaar-Hill is a first-year medical student, who was attracted to the school because of its mission. “I love the emphasis it had on urban medicine and treating people in Cleveland,” said Jabbaar-Hill.
But until Jabbaar-Hill and Zapp graduate, it’s about teaching and inspiring the younger generation.
“I see myself in these children, especially the little girls they are so eager to learn and that was me in middle school,” said Zapp.
“Just having people tell you that you can get there, having people support you and showing you amazing things you wouldn’t learn at 12, 11 years old, it’s amazing.” said Jabbaar-Hill.
The partnership held a free Middle School Health Expo at the Wolstein Center Saturday, which paired students with health care professionals.