Youthful curiosity: Help area middle schoolers gain exposure to careers in health care

March 1, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership, ,
Youth Summit at the Big House

The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion is excited to partner with more than 20 Michigan Medicine departments and units to host the inaugural Youth Summit at the Big House event on Saturday, May 21. The daylong regional outreach event is aimed at engaging and exposing diverse middle school students from schools across southeast Michigan with Michigan Medicine health care teams, units and departments.  

“The Youth Summit at the Big House is an excellent opportunity to introduce budding middle school students to the vast opportunities in health care,” said Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of Michigan Medicine. “Not only will they have an opportunity to visit the Big House, but we are offering collegiate-level exposure to the career fields within health care that are often unseen in mainstream career planning — especially for youth who are traditionally underrepresented in Medicine.”

By inviting area middle schoolers, OHEI is capitalizing on the natural youthful curiosity and exploration of this age group. The event will provide opportunities for participants to engage with practitioners through hands-on simulations, personal connections and curated resources in preparation for medical career paths.  

“We are looking forward to hosting over 300 middle school students on our campus,” said David J. Brown, M.D., associate vice president and associate dean for health equity and inclusion and associate professor of otolaryngology. “We are excited to expose them both to advancement opportunities in medicine and to health care professionals who look like them and come from communities like the ones in which they live and learn.

“Events such as this further stimulate our connection to our community and strengthen our opportunity to create career pathways for youth of diverse backgrounds.”

How you can help

The Youth Summit at the Big House developed from interest generated after a screening of the Black Men in White Coats documentary. Through the Youth Summit , Michigan Medicine will deliver an impactful outreach event and work collaboratively across the organization to benefit the surrounding community. 

At this time, the Youth Summit at the Big house is by invitation only, and the planning team is working directly with area schools to invite students.

The Youth Summit at the Big House also plans to feature career panels and motivational TED-style talks by members of the Michigan Medicine community.

With that in mind, the organizers need your help!

If you or someone you know has a passion for health equity and a desire to inspire the next generation of health care leaders, please nominate them here: Youth Summit at The Big House 2022 Speaker Nomination Form. The deadline to nominate a speaker is March 17.

As a collaborative event, OHEI is also inviting Michigan Medicine units and departments to participate. Visit this site for more information on how your team can be involved. The registration deadline is March 11.

For continued information on the Youth Summit at the Big House visit: Michigan Medicine Youth Summit at the Big House.

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