The UC Davis Scientific and Translational Science Middle (CTSC) is providing a brand new well being training and analysis program for highschool college students from underserved communities within the Sacramento space.
Referred to as the Youth Group Scientist Academy (YCSA) in Well being Analysis, the 10-week program will present an academic enrichment expertise to excessive school-age college students within the Oak Park, Del Paso Heights, and different Promise Zone neighborhoods of Sacramento. It’s being provided by means of the CTSC’s Well being Fairness Sources and Outreach (HERO) program and is a collaboration with area people companion City Advocates and Achievers.
“We acknowledge that well being fairness requires variety and inclusion on the groups researching, growing and delivering well being care,” mentioned Liz Vasile, director of the HERO program.
One method to attaining well being fairness is to construct the capability of people from underrepresented communities to meaningfully take part in well being analysis as advisors, investigators and volunteers in medical research.
“By giving these younger folks data and hands-on expertise within the well being analysis course of, the YCSA program goals to contribute to a extra numerous analysis workforce sooner or later in addition to an efficient public voice in well being analysis as we speak,” Vasile mentioned.
Analysis in motion
Individuals will meet as soon as per week for seven weeks at Sierra 2 Middle for the Arts and Group. They may also conduct crew analysis initiatives for the ultimate three weeks of this system. By way of small dialogue periods and guided hands-on analysis, they’ll be taught:
- How researchers determine what well being points to review
- The weather of the well being analysis course of, together with participant recruitment and retention, information assortment and evaluation, and dissemination of findings
- The significance and advantages of involvement in analysis by numerous people and communities
- Coaching and profession alternatives in analysis
Periods will likely be held on Thursdays (9/1, 9/8, 9/22, 10/13, 10/20) from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays (9/17, 10/1, 10/8) from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. College students will conduct fieldwork 10/21-11/9 and current their work in a symposium on the finish of their coaching.
The UC Davis CTSC receives assist from the NIH Nationwide Middle for Advancing Translational Sciences (Award TR001860).