This Saturday local health professionals spent time with us sharing wisdom about their careers in health. We got to hear from doctors, dentists, health navigator, and a medical assistant. Mentoring relationships are a key part of becoming a healer. We are very grateful to our community mentors and hope to continue the cycle of paying it forward!
On Saturday November 19th, the students of Healers of Tomorrow and I spent two hours on the University of Washington's campus to give them an idea of what college life is all about. Although this is the second time I have run the tour with Healers, the excited faces made the experience a different one from last year's. Three of the students were seniors who were in the process of applying to the UW; they had plenty of great questions and were excited to visit their potential future school. We started the tour at the Husky Union Building where it holds the meditation room in which Muslim students on campus utilize for prayer. We then made our way to the Suzzallo library and the famous bit "W" sign where we took pictures and discussed the history of the Campus. We ended the tour at the Ethnic Cultural Center, where majority of the minority students at UW spend their time to study or relax. The Healers and I then discussed the importance of such space that makes us feel the most comfortable on a campus that lacks the representation of students of ethnic backgrounds.
I was inspired by the students themselves and it personally reminded of the importance of diversity and representation on campus and beyond.
- Amina Sheikh, Senior undergraduate at the UW School of Public Health.
We were really honored to host guest speakers from the international organization Kids for Peace http://www.k4p.org/. Our shared goal of building leadership skills for youth made it a great partnership! This weekend's session focused on a key leadership skill of communication. Most of us have issues that we are passionate about and that we desire to take action on. This passion usually starts from somewhere in our personal story, or events in our past that shaped our values and beliefs. We reflected on what some of these issues are - the Healers came up with a really important and diverse list of issues from the need for community inclusiveness to the refugee crisis. Then we thought about why we as individuals care about these issues. Our ability to understand our personal story and share it with others is a critical tool in building relationships, motivating ourselves and others, and generating more discussion and stories. It was great to have the time and guidance to practice this skill, and thank you again to Jordan and Hannah for your time and teamwork!
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In Peace and Health,
Healers of Tomorrow is back! We are so excited to start our third year. This year is going to be amazing. All of our students this year are female, and as we know, girls run the world.
We started the year off with our Asset Mapping exercise. Do you know what your own personal assets are? What about those of your community? How can you tap into your strengths to create positive changes in the world around you?
While all of our students are interested in health careers, it is important to step back and think about what it really means to heal. My favorite comment from this session was when one student defined a healer as "someone who gives relief to someone else." This got us thinking about, who are all the people that give relief? It's certainly more people than just your doctor!
Stay tuned, more goodness coming
In Peace and Health,
Applications are open for the 2016-2017 year. Please fill out the form below!
The deadline is October 2, 2016.
THIS IS A 10 SESSION PROGRAM: Four meetings in the fall and Six meetings in the spring.
Meeting dates for this fall are:
Oct 15: Youth as Leaders
Nov 5: Learning from the Pros
Nov 19: Food as Medicine
Dec 3: Raise your Voice
Meeting time is 12pm-2pm.
Lunch will be provided.
Update: applications are closed now and will re-open later in 2017. Please email us at email@example.com if you have questions. Thanks!
Is there an issue you are passionate about? If you have an idea for making a positive difference in your community, we are ready to partner with you. Check out our our Youth Leading the Way Grant opportunity!
I can't believe this year's program is done! What a year it has been. Our participants this year were just stellar. It was a joy to learn so much together and we had so much fun.
In our end of year survey, Doctor for a Day was the overall favorite activity. However it was clear from the feedback that pretty much all of the activities were so much enjoyed that it was really hard to pick favorites :) We had 10 sessions that also included: Asset Mapping, Advocacy, Cook's Class at PCC, Medicine and Technology, Photovoice, a Panel of Health Professionals, a "Day in the Life" of a UW student field trip, and a discussion on Health Equity and Service. The students really gained a basis in core topics in public health, while also getting exposure to a variety of health careers.
They gave us very helpful feedback-- here is a summary of some of the positive comments:
And things we can work on for next year:
We will start recruitment for next year's program in August/September and plan to start meeting again in October 2016. If you are interested, don't hesitate to email us, and don't miss our application forms in the Fall!
Here are some reasons this year's participants thought future students should apply:
Hope to see you in the fall!
Have a healthy and beautiful summer, inshAllah.
In Peace and Health,
On February 27 we welcomed the University of Washington SNMA. Their wonderful docs and medical students gave us a "Doctor for a Day" workshop. In just one morning they covered so many of the core skills taught in medical school! It was an awesome opportunity for our Healers to get hands on experience with medical skills. We were also able to discuss what exactly it means to pursue a health career, and what the educational process entails. Most importantly we had lots of fun!
Thank you so much to the UW SNMA, we had a great time!
We are so proud of our Healers of Tomorrow. They are smart, professional, and motivated. Whatever career they choose we know they will be successful inshAllah :)
In Peace and Health,
On February 6, 2016 The Healers of Tomorrow visited the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center to learn more about how public health and the non-clinical professions affect health.
In the Voices gallery, the students were introduced to personal stories of change. One Healer identified with a family for whom gaining access to education ultimately led to being able to live in a home with dignity.
We then learned about a latrine for about 20 minutes! The students were extremely engaged learning that having access to a toilet with a waste collection system can save more lives than any hospital by reducing diseases such as Rotavirus. There is a vaccine for this disease available in the United States, but otherwise the disease can be deadly for kids.
In the next gallery, the Healers learned about the Foundation's work through interactive displays. They were especially distraught learning about the amount of kids that are not prepared for college and how many struggle to pay for this opportunity as well. They then brainstormed what solutions they would employ if they had their own charitable foundation.
The next hall focused on the importance of partnerships. They were able to see that contributions can vary in size but still cary impact, such as a $50 mini-grant to a local cycling club to more than a billion dollars donation to the United Negro College Fund.
The last exhibit allowed time for innovation, inspiration and fun where they wrote out ideas of what they may want to pursue, expressed love in art, and learned what role in a global health project may fit best with their skills.
A big thank you the the BMGF Visitor Center for an inspiring look into how one may affect health from a population standpoint.
- Dr Mustafa
On Saturday January 23rd, The Healers of Tomorrow took a campus visit to the University of Washington. Despite the pouring day, the visit was an exciting one where the students discovered the major components of the enormous campus. We started off in the Health Science building where we visited the health professional schools UW offers. This included the UW School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Public Health. We also visited the classrooms that medical and dental students use for their lectures. One of my favorite moments of the tour is when the students saw a picture of the incoming first year medical students and noticed the lack of representation of their ethnic group in the image. I think they understood how much they are needed in whatever profession they choose as their future career.
We then explored the main sites of the UW campus. The Suzzalo Library was the students favorite, particularly the Reading Room (aka Harry Potter room). We also checked out the famous UW Quad where the cherry blossoms bloom during Spring and Summer seasons. Our last stop was Odegaard Library where most incoming undergraduate students spend majority of their time researching and studying.
The Healers of Tomorrow are a group of bright and energetic students who are excited to experience the world of UW. The day was filled with so much laughter and walking; I enjoyed getting to know each and every one of the students. This opportunity personally inspired me and made me reflect on the power of mentorship.
- Amina Sheikh, IHSAN officer and UW undergraduate student
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