Across the United States there is an acute shortage of health professionals. As the diversity of the population continues to increase it is essential that health care providers reflect that diversity in order to insure better health outcomes for medically underserved populations. GSAHEC’s OutREACH Program is designed to provide minority or disadvantaged (low-income, or first generation going to college) students with the opportunity to improve this outcome through service opportunities for high school students with local health care providers who serve medically underserved populations (patients with little or no health insurance, patients on Medicare or Medicaid). Student exposure to this public health crisis through service opportunities will allow the students to learn about the issues facing the health care industry and give back to their community by assisting health care providers with their medically underserved patients and thereby helping members of their community with their health care needs.
GSAHEC partners with health care organizations and academic health centers in the counties of DeSoto, Charlotte, Manatee, and Sarasota to provide OutREACH opportunities that will allow students to earn community service hours. Any high school student interested in learning more about health careers and assisting in this public health endeavor is invited to contact us for further information.