CCHS students awarded for excellence in high school health program

Seven Churchill County High School students have been recognized by the Project Prevent and Project Reach Out and Revitalize Rural (ROARR) for their involvement in healthcare. From left are Shawn Keyes, Gerard Arata, Wyatt Sorensen, Kanigh Snyder, Hailey Gupdnaporne, Maggie McPherson and Jessalyn Lewis.

Seven Churchill County High School students have been recognized by the Project Prevent and Project Reach Out and Revitalize Rural (ROARR) for their involvement in healthcare. From left are Shawn Keyes, Gerard Arata, Wyatt Sorensen, Kanigh Snyder, Hailey Gupdnaporne, Maggie McPherson and Jessalyn Lewis.



The healthcare system, especially in Nevada, has faced many challenges. Over the past six-weeks, 116 Churchill County High School Students have participated in a program focused on exposing students to the diverse opportunities in healthcare, as well as education on current and emergent health-related issues.
In association with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, High Sierra Area Health Education Center has developed and implemented youth programming that specifically targets Title I/disadvantaged and rural students. Project Prevent and Project Reach Out and Revitalize Rural (ROARR) encourages participants to explore a career in health care, learn how to advocate for their own health, and how to best prepare for college.
Through Project ROARR, CCHS students participated in curriculum focused on interprofessional education, practice transformation, behavioral health integration, and current and emergent health topics. On top of the 96 certificates of completion, AHEC has awarded three, $250 scholarships and four ACT/SAT college entrance exam preparation courses from The Princeton Review to seven local students for their extraordinary participation and active engagement throughout the program.
High Sierra AHEC hopes to inspire these students to keep up the outstanding work in their community and strive for a career in healthcare. The Fallon students are Shawn Keyes, Gerard Arata, Wyatt Sorensen, Kanigh Snyder, Hailey Gupdnaporne, Maggie McPherson and  Jessalyn Lewis.
AHEC would like to thank and recognize the John Ben Snow Foundation for making the scholarships possible, as well as all CCHS students for their time and commitment to the program. A very special ‘thank you’ to the person who made all this possible, Elaine Adams, for caring about her students’ futures, opening her classroom, and giving us the opportunity to serve and educate them.
To learn more about High Sierra Area Health Education Center visit https://www.highsierraahec.org/
About High Sierra Area Health Education Center
For over 20 years, High Sierra Area Health Education Center, a designated 501c3 nonprofit and longstanding member of the National AHEC Organization, has been steadfast in addressing Nevada’s health care workforce shortages through recruiting, training, and retaining health professionals committed to increasing access to primary care in underserved urban and rural communities.
High Sierra AHEC works in affiliation with the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine and the Office of Statewide Initiatives to serve the following counties: Carson, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon, Storey, and Washoe.
Reach Out and Revitalize Rural
Project ROARR (Reach Out and Revitalize Rural) specifically targets rural students. Our goal is to provide them with hands-on experiential activities to assist them in further exploring careers in healthcare. Through the mentorship of our Student Ambassadors and our Health Education Coordinators, rural students gain knowledge on the importance of inter-professional education and gain access to local healthcare leaders and professionals. Students are provided with insight on the healthcare needs specific to their communities and learn the potential impact they can have to revitalize and improve the health of rural Nevada.

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