During the last two weeks of June, the Oregon Healthcare Workforce Institute Area Health Education Center will be hosting two consecutive camps on Pacific University's Hillsboro Campus and the University of Portland campus.  Synapse summer camp is a health careers pathway program strongly supported by Oregon's existing education and training network to recruit and support local underrepresented and disadvantaged high school juniors and seniors to increase their interest in pursuit of a healthcare career. The program is designed to build self confidence, engage students in experiential learning, provide diverse role models, increase familiarity with the college campus environment, and create a sense of belonging. Students participate in workshops, tours, job shadows, panel discussions, simulation labs, and a variety of additional hands-on activities.

At the Pacific University Synapse Camp, students will create public health public service announcements and attend workshops in occupational therapy, social work, music therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, athletic training, dental hygiene, audiology, and speech-language pathology. Optometry faculty members will lead cow eyeball dissections, and students will complete a service learning project at Washington County Project Homeless Connect. Portland Community College faculty will lead workshops in imaging, respiratory therapy and medical assisting; Oregon National Guard will lead a workshop in wilderness medicine; Washington County public health will lead a workshop in health inspection as well as host a Narcan training. Seven Hillsboro healthcare providers will host Thursday afternoon job shadows. Charlie Lovato, retired Washington Medical Examiner will host a forensics presentation, and PAVE (Paws Assisiting Veterans) volunteer, Jessica Kingswell, PsyD '27, will bring PAVE service dogs to campus.  The week culminates in a Friday luncheon for parents, dignitaries, and supporters, preceded by a parent & student bilingual admissions and financial aid session. All 30 students, and all 40 students at University of Portland, attend at no cost thanks to support from Worksystems, Inc. and CareOregon.

More information here.

Contact Us

Martha Robertson |  Program Coordinator

OHWI AHEC 190 SE 8th Ave., Hillsboro | 503-352-6505 | martha.robertson@pacificu.edu