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Community Education

EMS education

In the United States, more than 380,000 cardiac arrests happen each year out of the hospital. Yet, less than 8 percent of the people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survive. The Integrated Center for Education is available to provide both on and off-site education to emergency services personnel in La Crosse and surrounding communities.

For more information on our EMS educational services, please call (608) 775-1452 or email ICE@gundersenhealth.org.

High School Educational Opportunities

Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC), the Health Science Academy and students from other schools within our region have spent time in the ICE simulation lab. While visiting, high school students participated in various simulation exercises in the Cleary-Kumm Simulation and Training Lab. They were able to take part in laparoscopic skills exercises, airway/intubation procedures and learn more about human patient simulators through hands-on exercises using one of the many high-fidelity manikins ICE has to offer.

For more information on community activities available at the ICE House, please email ICE@gundersehealth.org or call 608-775-1452.

Scenic Rivers AHEC

Scenic Rivers AHEC (Area Health Education Center) improves access to quality healthcare by developing community-based health professions training programs and enhancing health education resources across the state.

Program focus includes:

  • Enhancing the learning experience for all students in health professions at community-based sites, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary programs, developing cultural competence and technological support.
  • Supporting health career recruitment programs in underserved rural and urban areas to assist high school and college students from underrepresented populations prepare for entry into school programs for health professions.
  • Supporting faculty mentors and preceptors at community-based training sites with continuing education, technological support and other services to enhance the practice environment, maximize the ability of health professionals in underserved communities and provide high-quality healthcare.
  • Partnering with local organizations in a variety of outreach activities to improve the health of the community.

For more information on upcoming student activities and events, visit www.scenicriversahec.org or call (608) 487-4878.

Health Science Academy

The Health Science Academy (HSA) is a two-year program preparing high school juniors and seniors for education and careers in the health science industry. For participating students, the HSA provides:

  • Thematic instruction
  • Career exploration
  • Job shadowing
  • Clinical experiences
  • Health science labs
  • Mentoring by health professionals
  • Certification opportunities

Partnered with the La Crosse School District, the Health Science Academy's many partners include Gundersen Health System, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Western Technical College, Viterbo University, Scenic Rivers AHEC and many other community champions to provide an in-depth experience in healthcare exploration and investigation for students.

Learn more about the Health Science Academy (HSA), contact your school guidance counselor or email annettelohern@gmail.com.

Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link

Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link (CLL) connects businesses and high schools by offering relevant, work-based learning activities for students and educators. The program is partially funded through the state of Iowa Regional Work-Based Intermediary Network grant.

CLL is available to high school students beginning their sophomore year and guides participants through work-based learning experiences following a career continuum of awareness, exploration and workplace preparation. Consideration of high-demand career pathways—healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, business/finance and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)—is highly encouraged.

Advantages for CLL students include:

  • One-on-one meetings with a career coach regarding future education and career plans
  • Job shadowing opportunities
  • Exclusive work-based learning events such as business tours
  • Optional mentoring and/or internship participation

CLL was created through partnerships with local school districts, business and industry, Keystone AEA, Iowa Workforce Development, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, East Central Governmental Association, Iowa Intermediary Network statewide community of practice, Iowa Department of Education, local chambers of commerce, local economic development and numerous community organizations.

For more information please contact gesingg@nicc.edu or call (800)728-2256 x452.

Career Exploration

For high school students who are not a member of a Gundersen-approved healthcare group such as the Health Science Academy, Scenic Rivers AHEC or Northeast Iowa Career Learning Link, we are happy to offer our Career Exploration program.

Scheduled on pre-selected dates throughout the academic year, students in grades 10-12 (16 years or older) can attend a full-day program where they will be HIPAA certified, tour Gundersen Health System, learn how to establish a career in healthcare as well participate in a two-hour job shadow. Each session is limited to 12 students so early application is requested. Some restrictions may apply.

Learn more about high school job shadows

For more information on our Career Exploration program, please email ICE@gundersehealth.org or call 608-775-1452.

Volunteer Services

Teens/high school students can start their volunteer experience at age 14. Students volunteer in a variety of sites, beginning in our mail and flower delivery program. The mail and flower delivery programs allow students to interact with patients, families and staff members, develop interpersonal skills and experience the hospital setting.

Other sites are available such as gift shop, clinic information desk greeter/transporter, Imaging and others. Some sites are age-specific due to the nature of the assignment. Becoming a volunteer is a two-step process. First, set up a pre-interview with Karol Fox, program coordinator, to discuss volunteer options, the students' availability and timeframe. The second step is to attend Gundersen Health System's monthly orientation.

Information about volunteering can be found at Volunteer Services or by calling (608) 775-6755.

Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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