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THHS Intern Program and HCW camp seeking applicants

ST. IGNATIUS — The Tribal Health and Human Services Department is seeking college-age students, preferably with one year of college under their belts pursuing a health related field of study for its summer Intern Program. Tribal Health is also seeking adolescents that will be entering the 7th grade this fall for its Health Care Warriors camp.

This is the second year of both endeavors that have the end goal of providing enrolled Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai tribal members and/or descendants with employment opportunities within Tribal Health. There are presently 129 positions filled at THHS that could be staffed by a qualified tribal members and/or descendants.

To that end the Intern Advisory Committee is currently setting the step stones for the second annual summer Intern Program and Health Care Warriors camp. The IAC comprised of THHS medical providers and administrators has been meeting this winter and spring to fine tune the Intern Program and the associated Health Care Warriors camp based on lessons learned from last year’s inaugural foray of recruiting tribal members pursuing college degrees in health care.

Last week the IAC began the process of recruitment for the Intern Program and Health Care Warriors camp.

• The first step is the advertisements for the Intern Program coordinator who will supervise the summer interns. The advertisements close on Thursday, May 2 with finalist interviews scheduled for Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17. The coordinator will begin work Monday, June 3 with his or her last day Friday, August 9.

• The second step of advertising for the five intern slots will begin this week. The five intern slots include pharmacy, physical therapy, dental, medical and either behavioral health, nursing or dietician. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 10 with interviews for the finalists scheduled for Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 24. The selected interns begin work Wednesday, June 19 and their last day is Tuesday, July 30.

Among the qualification for the intern slots require that a post high school student must have completed their freshman year in college with a health related field of study with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average.

• Recruitment for the affiliated youth Health Care Warriors camp for students entering the 7th grade this fall begins via advertisements and recruitment dissemination by Flathead Indian Reservation schools personnel that includes administrators and councilors Monday, April 15. Informational flyers will also be posted in the schools. The last day to submit an application will be Friday, July 12. The HCW camp will be held from Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 27.

One of the purposes of the HCW camp is to plant medical profession educational seeds in young minds and hearts.

Tribal Health is committed to the development of a professional workforce and the opportunity for people to pursue a career in health care to serve the tribal membership as part of a professional team of heath care providers.

Tribal Health recognizes the disparity of health care professionals from the Native population. Tribal Health is committed to rectify the disparity in a culturally competent approach with, among other recruitment efforts, the internships and Health Care Warriors camp.

For more information on the summer Intern Program and the Health Care Warriors camp, contact either Clarice Cooper at 745-3525, ext. 5013, or Shanna Robison at ext. 5065.

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