Cincinnati—High school students are faced with many difficult life
decisions that affect their health. To educate themselves and their
peers about health issues, 30 students from the Hughes Center School
for the Teaching Professions have developed educational Web
presentations for the leading consumer health website, NetWellness. The
students' topics range from postponing sexual involvement, sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs,) and teen pregnancy to drug abuse, liver
disease, and deafness. The students
will unveil their projects on May 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the University of
Cincinnati (UC) Engineering Research Center, Room 427.
goal of this project is to create teen-friendly information to educate
high school students on health issues that are important to them," says
Karen Marsh, NetWellness teen content facilitator. For the past eight
months, students have been working with UC College of Medicine
students, faculty, and NetWellness developers to create their projects.
to Andrew Filak, MD, associate dean for medical education, "This
project is just one example of UC's commitment to fostering the
development of the area's youth." "The personal relationships and
‘real-world' work standards that the mentoring program has offered
students really drove the quality of their work," says Diana Porter,
program facilitator at the School for the Teaching Professions.
that meet NetWellness standards will be added to the website. Launched
in 1995, NetWellness provides health information from physicians,
nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals at UC, Case Western
Reserve University, and The Ohio State University. The Web site address
Hughes High School teacher coordinators have been instrumental in this
project. Mary Pat Key served as the liaison between the high school and
UC, and James Copeland helped facilitate.