American Indian youth from 23 tribal affiliations to attend Talent Garden Summit on Saturday, April 13

by Hennepin Healthcare

Hennepin Healthcare’s Talent Garden is hosting its second American Indian Youth with Stethoscopes Summit on Saturday, April 13 from 9-3 p.m. This is Hennepin Healthcare’s second summit for American Indian men and women ages 12-18 who are interested in learning about healthcare careers.

“Last year’s event was a huge success, and we look forward to hosting even more youth this time,” said Aida Strom (Sisitowan Wahpetowan Dakota), Health Equity Community Engagement Program Manager at Hennepin Healthcare. “We currently have 23 tribes represented from Minnesota and Wisconsin among the registrants. Sharing the many opportunities available in healthcare – as well as other important roles – builds hope for our youth in addition to a strong workforce for all Minnesotans.”

Every Youth Summit participant receives a white lab coat with his or her name embroidered on it, and for the American Indian Youth, their tribal affiliation is included. Participants will rotate in groups to experience hands-on learning activities throughout various stations in dentistry, ultrasound, dermatology, and pathology. Some of these stations will involve caring for “patients” in a simulation environment delivering babies, stitching wounds, and performing blood draws.

Panelists will again include Dr. Casey Dorr from Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute; Dr. Thomas Wyatt, Senior Medical Director, Emergency Department at HCMC (Shawnee/Quapaw), and medical students from the University of Minnesota Medical School chapter of ANAMS (the Association of Native American Medical Students) whose leaders have embraced the event and will also escort students throughout the day. Dr. Mary Owen, director of the University of Minnesota Center for American Indian and Minority Health (CAIMH), will also be a panelist and will close the day’s program.

Generous sponsors BlueCross/BlueShield of Minnesota, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Best Buy, and Delta Dental of Minnesota have greatly contributed to the success of this event.

What:             American Indian Youth with Stethoscopes Summit
When:            Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where:          Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center, 715 S. 8th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404 – Free parking is available in the ramp beneath the clinic building – entrance is located at 821 S. Park Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404

The American Indian Youth with Stethoscopes Summit is part of a series of initiatives and events organized by Hennepin Healthcare through its Talent Garden program to expose youth to careers in medicine, while connecting youth to high quality work-based learning opportunities and creating access to a network of healthcare professionals of color.

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