Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College invites high school students to explore the exciting field of healthcare at Scrubs Camp this June. The in-person, multi-day residential Indigenous Healthcare Career Exploration Camp is open to Minnesota students entering grades 9 – 12.  The camp takes place June 22-25 and is hosted by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in partnership with the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging, Center on American Indian and Minority Health, Native American Research Center for Health, Essentia Health, Minnesota Indian Area Agency on Aging, Minnesota Chippewa Tribes, and Fond du Lac Human Services. Applications for the 2022 Scrubs Camp are open through June 1, 2022. To apply, please visit https://bit.ly/IndigenousHealthcareCareerExploration.

Scrubs Camps offers students a unique chance to learn about many different professions in the healthcare field. Throughout the camp, students will explore careers in Nursing, Community Health, Midwife and Doula, Virtual Reality Simulations, PT/OT, Flight Nurse, Dentistry, Nutrition, and more. For students, the camp is a way to turn dreaming of a career into truly seeing a future for themselves in healthcare or long-term care. This year’s Scrubs Camp will provide students with the opportunity to learn about different healthcare professions directly from healthcare providers.

“At Great Lakes Inter Tribal Council, our mission is – To enhance the quality of life for all Native people.  This theory is used in the delivery of services within all the programs. When our program NARCH directly participates in projects like SCRUBS which gives indigenous youth hands on, positive experiences to explore medicine and research, it brings us that much closer to accomplishing it.” shared Tara Senter, Project Coordinator for Native American Research Center for Health.

During the camp, students will have the opportunity to experience various cultural activities including traditional games and ceremonies. Camp participants will also go on fun excursions, stay in on-campus housing and be provided meals at no cost through the generosity of our funding partners– Essentia Health, Great Lakes Inter Tribal Council, and the Northland Foundation. Transportation support is available for participants, if needed. Scrubs Camp offers a great introduction to the healthcare field on the beautiful FDLTCC campus. In addition to experiencing Scrubs Camp, students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare are encouraged to explore the Nursing program at FDLTCC, which aims to educate nurses to be culturally sensitive, focusing on the health needs of the American Indian population and the rural community. For more information on the fantastic program, please visit https://fdltcc.edu/degrees-certificates/degree-programs/nursing.

Applications for the 2022 Scrubs Camp at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College are open through June 1, 2022, and space is limited.  Students can apply at https://bit.ly/IndigenousHealthcareCareerExploration. For more information, please contact Brenda Shafer-Pellinen at bshaferpellinen*AT*ardc.org.

Scrubs Camp has been in existence since 2008 and was created by HealthForce Minnesota. The first Scrubs Camp was held at Winona State University. For more information on the 2022 Scrubs Camp at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, please visit https://fdltcc.edu/.

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