Helping guide young men and women into the health care field is an investment that pays off in the form of a healthy community. Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata will help guide young adults this summer through a new internship program through Eastern Washington University known as Project H.O.P.E. (which stands for Health Occupations Preparatory Experience). Through the program, high school students who are first-generation college-bound, from a rural community or from populations that are underserved in health care are placed in a four-week paid internship with their local health care facility.
In Ephrata, two interns from the community will spend time in Columbia Basin Hospital between mid-June and early August, shadowing health care professionals in different departments. This includes time with clinical caregivers, such as nurses and ER doctors, but also with those who work in supportive roles, such as public relations and administration.
While they are there, the interns will also go through HIPAA training and orientation as though they were about to become full-time employees at the hospital. The diverse experiences allow the interns to gain a holistic view of different careers in health care, and potentially find new interests in areas they may not have previously considered.
Encouraging these young men and women to discover the rewards of a career in health care can play a key role in building the health of our communities. Read more about here about Project H.O.P.E. (Tim Pfarr)