Eleven junior and senior high school students from Scott, Polk, and Howard Counties attended a Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) Camp June 16-27 at Mena Regional Health System in Mena. The studens were: Serenite Moore, Waldron; Brooke Howell, Cossatot River; Taylar Loyd, Acorn; Chance Manasco, Cossatot River; Julia Vue, Cossatot River; Nayeli Basilio, Mena; Deianeira Oliver, Cossatot River; Haley Forest, Caddo Hills; Shayla Vaught, Acorn; Rachael Loyd, Mena; and Christopher Henry, Mena.
The two-week summer medical enrichment experience is designed to give interested students a glimpse of what a health profession is really like. Students participated in a variety of medical-related activities including observing surgery; learning more about anatomy through dissection of animal organs; learning about reading x-rays; shadowing a doctor making rounds; an automobile crash simulation and many others. The program hopes to encourage rural youth interested in medical fields to continue their education and then return to rural areas to work.
Students were sponsored by the Mena Regional Support Foundation, Arkansas MENTOR Medical Partnership and Scott, Polk, and Howard County Farm Bureaus. The Partnership includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Area Health Education Centers and Rural Hospital Program, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Baptist Health and the Arkansas Health Department’s Office of Oral Heatlh. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a non-profit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families through out the state working to improve farm and rural life.