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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

High School education

Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center (SRAHEC), the Health Science Academy and students from Pine Ridge Reservation and Ho-Chunk Nation are groups who have spent time in the ICE House. 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, orthopedic procedures and learned more about human patient simulators through hands-on exercises utilizing one of the many high-fidelity mannequins the ICE House has to offer.

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

High School job shadows

As a teaching institution, Gundersen Health System is committed to providing high school students meaningful experiences when inquiring about careers in the healthcare industry.

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Scenic Rivers AHEC

Scenic Rivers AHEC (Area Health Education Center) improves access to quality health care 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 health professions' students at community-based sites, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary programs, developing cultural competence, and technological support
  • Supporting health career recruitment programs in under-served rural and urban areas to assist high school and college students from underrepresented populations prepare for entry into health professions schools
  • 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 under-served communities, and provide high quality health care
  • 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 or call (608) 487-4878.

Pine Ridge

Oglala Lakota students from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and the Ho-Chunk students, members of the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin, have come to the ICE house to participate in hands-on learning activities and to learn about opportunities in the healthcare field. The students engage in a wide array of programming during the week-long camp delivered collaboratively by Global Partners, La Crosse Area School District, Scenic Rivers AHEC, UW-La Crosse's Community Health Education Program, and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine students.

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. The HSA provides thematic instruction, career exploration, job shadowing opportunities, clinical experiences, health science labs, mentoring by health professionals and certification opportunities for participating students. 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) or call (608) 789-7600.

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 available to high school students beginning their sophomore year and guides participants through work-based learning experiences including awareness, exploration and workplace preparation.

Consideration for high-demand career pathways including healthcare, information technology 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 and optional mentoring and/or internship participation.

The program is partially funded through an Iowa Regional Work-Based Intermediary Network grant. CLL was created through partnerships with local school districts, business, industry and:

  • Keystone Area Education Agency
  • Iowa Workforce Development
  • Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission
  • East Central Governmental Association
  • Iowa Intermediary Network
  • Iowa Department of Education
  • Local chambers of commerce, economic development and other community organizations

For more information please contact or call 800-728-2256 x452.

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 program allows the student 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, etc. Some sites are age specific due to the nature of the assignment. Anyone interested in volunteering please contact. To become 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 orientation, which is offered one time per month on a Monday.

Additional information regarding volunteering can be found at Volunteer Services or by calling Karol Fox at (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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