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Currently, the ethnic and racial demographics of occupational therapy students do not reflect the US’ diverse populations due to a general lack of awareness about occupational therapy (OT) amongst diverse high school students (HSS). Many factors serve as common barriers amongst diverse, minority communities, limiting students’ exposure to and knowledge about health professions, such as OT. To address these barriers, Health Club is a six-week, high school afterschool program designed to raise awareness about healthcare professions where ethnically and racially diverse populations are commonly underrepresented. Health Club uses lessons consisting of fundamental healthcare knowledge to provide HSS with opportunities to develop and implement knowledge and skills through equipment use and activities. In the short term, the program will provide students with different learning experiences to gain knowledge about health professions, develop fundamental skills, and support interests in health professions. In the medium term, the program will encourage students of diverse backgrounds to pursue health careers such as OT. In the long term, students will become healthcare practitioners and contribute to a diverse healthcare team.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy, Health Education
Medical Subject Headings
Health Club Healthcare Team
Medical Education | Occupational Therapy | Other Rehabilitation and Therapy
Morales, M. A., Blackwell, A. L., & Perez, E. (2023, December 6). Health Club: The Pursuit for a Diverse Healthcare Team. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesfall2023/3