Trinity Health will once again engage area students in the world of healthcare as it presents its annual living classroom, “Hands-On Health,” April 30 through May 3 at Health Center – Medical Arts.
Some 260 students from five elementary schools are registered for the annual learning event, which gives students a glimpse of what happens in a hospital and encourages them to take care of their own health.
Hands-On Health leads participants through guided stations to gain an understanding of the responsibilities associated within each of several fields of healthcare. Students spend time learning about X-rays, the importance of nutrition, and other interesting topics. They also have a chance to perform surgery with a simulator.
“We let them experience a little bit of everything,” said Community Education Supervisor Kathleen White. “They rotate through X-ray, laboratory, surgery, heart health, and more. The goal is to get a feel for what goes on in each discipline and to give the students an idea of what to expect should they find themselves in need of medical treatment.”
Scheduled to participate in Hands-On Health are third grade students from Bel Air, Hoeven, Longfellow, and Sunnyside schools in Minot and fifth grade students from Beulah. The hour-long sessions are scheduled at 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 1:15 p.m. on most days Tuesday through Friday, with sessions taking place on the skywalk between Health Center – Medical Arts and Trinity Hospital – St. Joseph’s.