Black Women with Stethoscopes Youth Summits inspire youth

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Over 150 young women ages 12-18 years old recently visited our campus to learn about healthcare careers during our Black Women with Stethoscopes Youth Summits on April 30 and May 15. Youth learned that not only are these careers within reach but that they can play a critical role in delivering culturally-centered care and help decrease health disparities. Black Women with Stethoscopes is the second series of youth summits from our Talent Garden program, which connects youth of color to opportunities in medicine and healthcare.

During the events, these young women heard from a panel of Black women providers and engaged in hands-on activities using real medical equipment. They explored professions in:

  • Dentistry
  • Emergency Department
  • ENT
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • OB/GYN
  • Pediatrics
  • PICU
  • Surgery

Hands-on experiences in the Clinic & Specialty Center and our Simulation Center included:

  • Learning to use a stethoscope
  • Practicing tooth repair
  • Using an ultrasound
  • Performing CPR
  • Using high-tech, high-fidelity mannequins in the Simulation Center to deliver babies, simulate blood draws, intubate an airway, and practice robotic surgery.

We are grateful to our sponsors and volunteers:

  • Delta Dental supported the printing of booklets, lunch and snacks, and dental supplies for each student.
  • Over 130 Hennepin Healthcare employees volunteered their time along with 34 outside volunteers from 3M, the Medical Alley Association, and Starkey.

Through youth summit events – mentorship, experience-based learning, and paid internships – the Talent Garden program hopes to change the trajectory of young lives and careers.

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