On September 13, 2016 the Boston Public Health Commission ‘s Division of Child and Adolescent Health received a State Farm Youth Advisory Board grant to implement its HPV (Human Papilomavirus) Youth Ambassador Project in its School Based Health Center high schools. The aim of the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Youth Ambassador project is to raise awareness about the cancers associated with HPV infection and promote HPV vaccination among youth in school communities. Nationally, there were only 63 awards out of 750 grant applications! The grant was awarded to the Division’s Boston Area Health Education Center (BAHEC) Program, a youth pathway to health careers program whose mission is to increase the racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity among Boston’s healthcare workforce by raising the proportion of youth from undeserved populations who successfully pursue careers in health and public health.
During the month of October, BPHC will be recruiting 3-4 students from each of their 8 School Based health center schools for paid internships ($10/hr) during the 2016-2017 academic year. These schools are Boston Latin Academy, Madison Park Technical Vocational School, New Mission High School, Boston Community Leadership Academy, Burke High School, Dearborn Stem Academy, Brighton High School and Snowden International High School. During the program students will take weekly afterschool course on cancer prevention and sexual health on site at the Commission, work with school based health center staff to host school outreach events, plan a weekend community teen fairs , and create teen health video Public Service Announcements(PSAs) on HPV. BAHEC students have already received local and national attention in 2015 and 2016 for creating a PSA in English and Spanish on HPV. These videos can be accessed via the following links:
BPHC has been be holding information sessions at School Based Health Center schools for youth interested in applying to the program. The BPHC project manager for this initiative is Kelly Lamas, MPH. Kelly will be working closely with school based health center staff to recruit students. Please let us know if you have any exceptional candidates! Kelly’s email is email@example.com .