|Ten recent high school graduates, with average grade point averages of 3.5 or higher, take a break from teaching their peers about STD disease prevention. The students are summer interns with the College of Public Health's Center for Reducing Health Disparities.|
The students' home base is the College of Public Health's Center for Reducing Health Disparities' north Omaha office.
The summer program, organized by Ira Combs, has several components:
- Education -- students learn about anatomy and basic research;
- Practice -- students learn CPR and the importance of research to reduce health disparities; and
- Community service -- students lead community workshops on health issues.
In addition to shadowing experiences, students tackle a research problem, develop a program and write an IRB request. This summer, the students' focus is self-esteem and STDs. Their project includes prevention presentations on STDs for their peer group (12-19 yr. olds) in Douglas County.
Support for this program is provided by the UNMC Vice Chancellor for Research Office to stimulate the interest and participation of underrepresented minorities in UNMC research programs through the Nebraska Tobacco Settlement Biomedical Research Development Fund (NTSBRDF).