A summer program called Health Care Pipeline Initiative, which is aimed at exposing high school students from across the region to an array of careers available in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors, is set to begin on June 16 at Marshall University.


The camp is sponsored by the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University School of Pharmacy and Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, Ky. Partners include the Marshall University Office of Intercultural Affairs, Southern West Virginia Area Health Education Center, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (diversity grant), Walgreens (diversity grant), and the National Partnership For Action to End Health Disparities.


Dr. Shelvy Campbell, assistant dean for diversity at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Marshall University School of Pharmacy, says the inaugural program showcases careers ranging from medicine and pharmacy to health informatics and bioengineering.


“We are very excited to introduce these students to both Marshall University and the opportunities that await them in the STEM fields, “Campbell said. “It’s vitally important for students who are interested in math and sciences to know what is available to them career-wise, particularly since, by most estimates, significant future job growth is expected in health care-oriented fields.”


Campbell said the partnership with Bluegrass Community and Technical College is a foundation for future collaborations with Marshall’s School of Pharmacy.


Lecture sessions during the week include topics such as rural health, aging and health, computer science, engineering, safety technology, health informatics and health disparities, and also will feature hands-on experiences including computer mapping, pharmacy compounding, suturing, heart sounds and ear exams.

There are several sessions open to media during the week-long camp.  Please contact Dr. Shelvy Campbell at 304-691-1607 or Dave Wellman at 304-696-7153 for specific information.