The Michigan Health Council and Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) partnered to bring Mini-Medical School to Lockwood Elementary on September 12, 2019. The event offered hands-on health and medicine-related activities for local elementary school children in grades K-3. Kindra Smith, registered nurse and parent of a Lockwood student, recommended the program to Lockwood Elementary.
Students had the opportunity to learn about nutrition, exercise, bone health, body organs, common medical instruments, and the importance of personal hygiene through interactive stations. The event not only taught children about how the body works and why they need to eat right, exercise, and take care of themselves, but it also showed them the role physicians play in healthcare and how one day they too can aspire to be a doctor or medical professional if they choose. Each student received a certificate and a workbook upon completion of all Mini-Medical School stations.
The local hospital was approached to participate and fund the program. Nearly 40 Eaton Rapids Medical Center employees volunteered at the event. ERMC staff later cited a deep appreciation for the teachers and support staff who teach, guide, and inspire the students daily.
“Mini-Medical School aims to promote aspirational thinking in young children and plant the seed that encourages them to pursue higher education beyond high school,” stated Brandess Wallace, MPH, Community Engagement and Education Coordinator at the Michigan Health Council. “Our primary goals are to educate children on the importance of preventive medicine and a healthy lifestyle, alleviate children’s fear of doctors, and create a better understanding of medical instruments. We also endeavor to introduce the children to career opportunities in the healthcare field and foster positive role models for children.”