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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 05/14/99
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Hughes High School Seniors Educate Peers on Health Issues

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.

"The 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.

According 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.

Projects 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 is NetWellness.org.

Several 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.



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