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Health Careers Academy Explores Mental Health

Health Careers Academy VisitThe Health Careers Academy (HCA) visited the Department of Psychiatry on November 13th. Twenty-seven high school students were introduced to various fields relating to mental health, including nursing, activities therapy, social work, research, medicine, substance/addictions services, psychology, creative therapy and more. 

HCA is a partnership program between Genesee Valley Educational Partnership and Genesee Community College for highly motivated high school seniors interested in exploring the medical field as a career choice. In addition to earning 15 college credits, students investigate a multitude of health careers through job shadows and internships at a variety of related facilities.

Health Careers Academy VisitOver the last few years Psychiatry has hosted students from HCA early in their program to encourage them to consider mental health fields as they continue their education and careers. At the request of their teacher, Strong Recovery trained the students in opioid overdose reversal, a popular training for this group.

The Office of Mental Health Promotion would like to thank all those who took the time to come speak to the HCA students: Caroline Nestro, PhD, MS, RN; EJ Santos, MD, MPH; Kevin Yang, DO; Vilma Vindrell, LMSW; Barbara Legler, MSEd; Jessica Moore, PhD; Holly Brown, DNP, RN, PMHNP, PMHCS-BC; Margaret Powell, RDT, LCAT; Ian Cero, PhD; April Aycock, LMHC, CASAC and Julie Achtyl, MS, LMHC, CASAC.