October 31, 2012
Donna Nonnenkamp

University Offers High Schoolers Hands-on Learning

More than 160 high school students took part in the FOCUS St. Louis Youth Leadership program, where they learned about public health, mental health and first response.

FOCUS St. Louis participants and the Billiken.
More than 160 students for more than 30 schools took part in the program. Photo by Kristin McKinney

The School of Medicine hosted more than 160 local high school students representing 30 schools in the St. Louis metropolitan region as part of the FOCUS St. Louis Youth Leadership St. Louis program Oct. 20.

Students attended a workshop titled "Exploring Healthcare in St. Louis" lead by geriatric fellow Robert Russell, M.D., as well as participating in five interactive workshops: vital signs, simulation lab, public health, mental health and first response.

Medical student volunteers taught the students how to take vital signs and gave students an in-depth look at the medical school's Simulation Lab.

Students from the School of Public Health led an interactive session dealing with a public health problem, while Stacie Newberry, a licensed clinical social worker from SLU Student Health and Counseling, led the Mental Health session and student Brent Seus, led the first response session, assisting students as they practiced first aid and CPR.

Twenty four SLU pre-med students served as student ambassadors and hosts. The event was sponsored by Office of Pre-Professional Health Studies and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the School of Medicine.

About Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit university ranked among the top research institutions in the nation. The University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 14,000 students. Founded in 1818, it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi and the second oldest Jesuit university in the United States. Through teaching, research, health care and community service, Saint Louis University has provided one-of-a-kind education, leadership and service for nearly two centuries.

About FOCUS St. Louis
FOCUS St. Louis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a thriving, cooperative region by engaging citizens to participate in active leadership roles and to influence positive community change. YLSL is a program for high school juniors that develops leadership skills and promotes teamwork among diverse groups.

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