iHeal campers participate in Stop the Bleed training

College of Health and Human Services Hosts Inaugural iHeal Camp

June 22, 2022 - The College of Health and Human Services hosted 11 rising ninth graders from the Cape Fear region for the inaugural Interdisciplinary Health Education for Aspiring Leaders (iHeal) Camp. Students spent four days and three nights on campus exploring a variety of health careers and majors within the College and other academic institutions in the state, including UNC Chapel Hill.

Funded by Novant Health, UNC Health and UNC School of Medicine, iHeal was designed for students to gain an understanding of the health careers available in southeastern North Carolina, how social determinants and structures impact health and how academic programs can prepare students to become health leaders.

iHeal campers learn how to intubate using a manikinCampers explored the exercise science major by interacting with Anatomage tables that display interactive, multi-layered 3D images of human specimens that can be cut, viewed, enlarged or rotated for better viewing. Using this technology, students learned about the human body and its skeletal muscular system in detail. Participants also demonstrated exercises using the TRX training system in the Movement Activities Lab.

The School of Social Work hosted an interactive music exercise to spark a conversation about mood and mental health. Students learned how to identify the differences between positive and negative mental health and coping strategies such as self-care and mindfulness.

Campers spent time with the School of Nursing, utilizing hands-on experimentation with medical devices such as the stethoscope, otoscope, ophthalmoscope and many more. Students explored the role of a nurse practitioner in rural settings, such as working with migrant farmworkers, and those experiencing chronic homelessness. Students also learned ways of improving health and the functioning of individuals with disabilities using recreational therapy, followed by a game of wheelchair basketball.

Additionally, students engaged in a demonstration about how our neighborhood environments and social systems influence our health. Participants joined in a respiratory therapy case study that required them to intubate a manikin and observed mechanical ventilation on pig lungs. Students learned about clinical research and identified historical events that have impacted participation research trials. The public health session offered insight into the educational, personal and professional goals of public health.

Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center Trauma Services conducted a Stop the Bleed training where campers learned quick techniques to save a life before someone bleeds out. Finally, students explored college life and learned more about the UNCW admissions process.

Sheri Shaw, assistant dean for student success, said of the camp, “iHeal camp attendees enjoyed learning about the many aspects and different pathways to enter the health field. Moreover, they have gained a sense of community and self-confidence in their competencies and professional dreams.”

Assistant Dean for Community Engagement Ashley Wells reflected on the resulting accomplishments of iHeal, “The inaugural camp was a resounding success! From hands-on learning experiences and relationship building activities to becoming familiar with a college campus, we could not have asked for a better week. Learning how to facilitate accessible sports, intubate a manikin and how to stop critical bleeding were just a few of the highlights of the camp according to our campers!”

View a highlight video of iHeal Camp.