Black Men with Stethoscopes Youth Summit exposes Black/BIPOC youth to careers in medicine

BMWS_black logo for word or pdfHennepin Healthcare is sponsoring Black Men with Stethoscopes on Saturday, December 4 – a Youth Summit that will expose young Black men ages 12-18 to careers in medicine through hands-on activities and interaction with Black physicians, dentists and advanced practice providers.

The event takes place at Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center in downtown Minneapolis, where youth will have the opportunity to experience real-life medical simulations, tour the Hennepin Healthcare campus, learn about the path to medical and dental schools, and discover helpful tools for goal-setting and time management all while interacting with Black medical professionals.

“We couldn’t be more excited to host this inaugural event for our community as part of a bigger plan to address inequalities and support our talented youth through further job shadowing, paid internships and mentoring opportunities,” explains Dr. Nneka Sederstrom, Chief Health Equity Officer at Hennepin Healthcare.

“Knowing that this exposure may play a role in helping these young men consider applying their potential to a medical career is extremely rewarding – and a tremendous benefit to the medical profession, as well as the community.”

Over the past few years, the Association of American Medical Colleges found that only 3% of total U.S. Medical School applicants self-identified as Black men. In the 2020-2021 applicant pool, only 8% of those who accepted and enrolled identified as Black.

Pediatric Critical Care physician, Dr. Andrew Kiragu, wants to see these numbers change.

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career – one that involves caring for others by applying medical skills certainly falls in this category. It is important that Black children are exposed to the multitude of STEM-based careers that are available and how to pursue them. That’s exactly why we want young Black men to see the possibilities of a career in Medicine. It is crucial that they see physicians who look like them and can provide mentorship so that they can see themselves in a fulfilling medical career.”

What: Black Men with Stethoscopes Youth Summit
When: 9:30 am to 3 pm, Saturday, December 4
Where: Hennepin Healthcare’s Clinic & Specialty Center, Stillman Community Room
715 S. 8th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404

The Black Men with Stethoscopes Youth Summit is part of a series of initiatives and events organized by Hennepin Healthcare through its Talent Garden program to expose youth to careers in medicine, while connecting youth to high quality work-based learning opportunities and creating access to a network of BIPOC healthcare professionals.

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Preventable injuries are the number one killer and cause of hospitalization

Second Annual National Injury Prevention Day is Thursday, November 18

While the world continues to address issues surrounding COVID-19 and the rise in deaths due to the delta variant, the number one killer and reason people age one to 44 are hospitalized – injuries and violence – remain major concerns for healthcare professionals and community advocates.

“Many of these injuries are preventable with the use of safety practices, products, and the implementation of strong legislative policies,” explains Hennepin Healthcare’s Injury Prevention Specialist Julie Philbrook, RN, who says that every day, 20 children die from preventable injuries, resulting in more deaths than all other diseases combined.

“That’s just one of the reasons why we’re joining other top injury and violence prevention organizations to raise awareness for the second annual National Injury Prevention Day this Thursday.”

Hennepin Healthcare is a member of the National Injury Free Coalition for Kids and will be joining forces with more than 40 other affiliated sites to mark National Injury Prevention Day on Thursday, November 18. As a nationally verified Level I Trauma Center for Pediatrics, Hennepin Healthcare is committed to the treatment and prevention of childhood injuries – the leading cause of death and disability to US children from one to 18 years old.

The Level I Trauma Center, along with other trauma centers and community advocates across the country, will use this platform to educate families and community leaders about ways to develop safer environments and provide tools to ensure that safety comes first so that injuries do not come second. Local and state government representatives will be challenged to acknowledge these concerns and make efforts to prioritize injury prevention.

At 12:00 p.m. (CST) on Thursday the public is invited to take part in a live national conversation about the country’s top injury and violence concerns during a one-hour Twitter chat using the hashtag #BeInjuryFree  @injuryFreeKids. Later in the evening, several landmarks, businesses and monuments have indicated that they will shine a green light to raise awareness about the need the need for change. In Minneapolis, the following are scheduled to be lit up Green for Safety:

  • US Bank Stadium
  • 35 W Bridge
  • Lowry Bridge
  • Nicollet Mall
  • Capella Tower

“Sometimes we take safety for granted, and it’s up to all of us to make sure it’s at the forefront of what we do – for our kids and our families,” says Philbrook. “If taking a day to pause and focus on injury prevention saves even one life – it’s worth every effort.”

For more information on the events Hennepin Healthcare has planned to raise awareness about injury prevention day go to National Injury Prevention Day – Hennepin Healthcare.